They were the losers of the offseason, the antithesis of the Angels, Dodgers and Blue Jays. Rather than go out and buy better players, the Orioles trusted the players they had to get better and their manager and coaches to help them improve.
Most of the industry scoffed, just as most of the industry scoffed last season, when the Orioles defied mathematical logic by going 29-9 in one-run games and 16-2 in extra innings.
The thinking was the Orioles were lucky to reach the postseason for the first time since 1997. They shouldn't have been fooled by their newfound success. They needed to do something .
And this weekend, as they visit the disappointing Angels (MLB on Fox, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET), it is quite apparent, yet again, that the Orioles weren't so dumb after all.
Oh, the Orioles are only 4-5 in one-run games and 1-2 in extra innings. But they're 17-12 overall, right in the thick of the AL East scrum. And as general manager Dan Duquette says, "Maybe we don't have to win as m...