The Orioles are headed to the playoffs -- and the rise of the O's has just begun

The Orioles are headed to the playoffs -- and the rise of the O's has just begun

Sep 18, 2023 by ESPN

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    • David Schoenfield, ESPN Senior WriterSep 17, 2023, 04:15 PM ET Close Covers MLB for Former deputy editor of Page 2 * Been with since 1995 DURING THE SECOND game of the 2023 MLB season, on a cloudy 56-degree day at Fenway Park, the Baltimore Orioles were looking to start the campaign with their second straight win, after barely holding on for a teeth-clenching victory on Opening Day in which they nearly blew a 10-4 lead.
  • When the Boston Red Sox won the next day, the early verdict was in: The Orioles were 1-2, had allowed 27 runs and, just as everyone had predicted, didn't have nearly enough pitching and were destined to finish near the bottom of the tough American League East.
  • The Orioles have been so methodically consistent all season and now that they've clinched a playoff spot while on their way to 100 wins -- a mark the franchise last achieved in 1980, by the way -- it's easy to forget that not much was expected from them in March.
  • He got off to a slow start, hitting .189 in April and .213 in May, but he has been one of the best hitters in the majors the past four months, slashing .286/.331/.551 with 20 home runs since the beginning of June.

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