The season ended, and that usually means I need a little bit of time to decompress, evaluate, and consider the things that have happened. I also like to sit down and absorb what the rest of the baseball world is saying about the team and where they need to go next year. For the first time since I began blogging I actually expected the tone directed toward the Orioles to be different, I should have known that wouldn't be the case.
The general perception remains that the Orioles are not a team that has finally turned a corner rather, the Orioles are still just a lucky team that is unlikely to compete in 2013. Sports Illustrated's Joel Sheenan said as much in his AL East Hot Stove Preivew
"The Orioles have to not buy into the hype. They weren't a 93-win team, but rather, a .500 team that got a bit lucky. Their focus has to be not on 2013, when they're likely to regress back below par..."
I'm not going to sit here and go through all of the numbers, again, that show the Orioles ...