The Baltimore Orioles were one of MLB’s worst teams from 2017 to 2021.
They lost 110 games in that horrible 2021 campaign.
The start of the 2022 was more of the same, but calling up Adley Rutschman in late May helped shape a change in the franchise.
After improving a lot during the season, Baltimore finished 83-79 and fans were finally allowed to have hope.
That hope has materialized into the best record in the American League so far this year, at 71-44 as of Friday afternoon.
Nowadays, the Orioles don’t give games away.
They are the toughest MLB team to sweep a series against, in fact.
“Most consecutive series of 2+ games without being swept: 1942-44 Cardinals: 125, 1903-05 Giants: 106, 1922-24 Yankees: 83, 2022-pres. Orioles: 76 ** active streak extended w/HOU series h/t @EliasSports,” Sarah Langs tweeted.
most consecutive series of 2+ games without being swept:
1942-44 Cardinals: 125
1903-05 Giants: 106
1922-24 Yankees: 83
2022-pres. Orioles: 76 ** active streak extended w/HOU series
— Sarah Langs (@SlangsOnSports) August 10, 2023
The O’s played a home series against the Houston Astros from Tuesday to Thursday.
The reigning World Series champs took the first two games, but the pesky O’s managed to salvage their streak with a win on Thursday.
The last time Baltimore was swept was from May 13-15, 2022, against the Detroit Tigers.
Ever since then, they have avoided sweeps in series of two games or more.
They are the only team in baseball that hasn’t suffered a sweep this season.
That’s an incredibly cool fact.
They lead their division with a comfortable margin and look set, if there aren’t any disasters, to return to postseason play this season.
The entire baseball universe is rooting for the O’s players, a young and hungry roster ready for a return to relevance.NEXT: Orioles Star Looks Forward To Matchup With An Old Friend