Continuing from our season preview of the Baltimore Orioles earlier today...
Can the Orioles recapture their 2012 magic?
Every Oriole fan has heard this over and over again in the last year.
-Baltimore only had a +7 run differential
-The Orioles went an unrepeatable 29-9 in one-run games
-The O's lucked into an incredible 16-2 record in extra inning games
Baltimore's pythagorean record had them winning just 82
Those are all just veiled ways of saying that the stats all say the Orioles stunk in 2012 and never should have made the playoffs. Well, you know what? They did. It happened. Deal with it.
Now it is up to the Orioles to prove all of their detractors wrong once again this season. There is no doubt they have the will to take on the challenge, the problem is that all the naysayers could very well be right.
All of those oft-repeated pieces of evidence that the 2012 Orioles were nothing but a fluke are very hard to argue against. Run di...