Found April 30, 2012 on The Outside Corner:
The Baltimore Orioles really weren't, and quite frankly, they're still not, expected to be a contender in the American League this season. But here we are on the final day of April, and the Orioles are in first place in the AL East with a 14-8 record. They've got the same record as the Rays, and only the Rangers have a better record in the AL. Baltimore's 3.06 ERA is the second best in the AL, and while their .742 OPS is just sixth, it's still better than all but two NL teams.  But there is a lot not to like about Baltimore right now. Against the only two teams they've played thusfar that were expected to be contenders this season (Angels and Yankees), they're just 1-5. Three of those games have gone to extra innings, however. But while the Orioles haven't played many preseason contenders, they've played ten games against teams currently at or above .500 that weren't expected to contend this year: six against the Blue Jays, and four against t...
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