Tuesday, August 7, 2012

It Doesn't Make Any Sense; The Orioles Keep Winning. Let's Just Enjoy The Ride.

At the start of the season – or better yet, this offseason – I didn’t give the Orioles chance in hell to finish with over 70 wins.

Or finish .500.

Or over .500.

Or even more preposterous … a playoff team?

Based on their run differential, and a litany of other statistics, the Baltimore Orioles have no business being an over .500 team.

They should not should be 58-51, and much more half a game out of a wild card spot.

There are some things that cannot be explained in life, but the Orioles 109 games into the season are winning.

Baltimore pulled out another close game last night as they defeated the Seattle Mariners at Camden Yards, 3-1.

It’s funny, at the trade deadline, everyone was crying about getting another pitcher via a trade and wanting to make a move for the sake of making a move. Well, I didn’t think a huge one was going to be made, and sure enough … it was not.

The Orioles were going to have to use their roster as constructed to compete for the final two months and sure enough, they are succeeding right now. Granted, this team has quite a few flaws; however, in as many days, the pitching got it done again.

In the end, perhaps the Orioles knew better than we all did. The solutions to their arms’ problem might be from within. Miguel Gonzalez, Chris Tillman and Tommy Hunter (numerous times) were given a chance to come up from Triple-A and have succeeded with strong outing after outing.

Now…. if Tommy Hunter can just curb his propensity to give up the longball.

Chris Tillman – who was looking like your prototypical Four-A guy coming into the 2012 season – may have figured it out on the mound. There were a group of fans who wanted him traded in package for perhaps a veteran arm, or bat; however, could Tillman have figured how to pitch in the majors finally?

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