Found May 17, 2012 on
When you look at the standings in the American League East there is a surprising team on the top of the list, the Baltimore Orioles. Currently sitting at 25-14, the Orioles are a half a game above the Tampa Bay Rays and sit in the top spot in the Al East. We’re only a month and a half into the 2012 MLB season, but the Orioles are showing that they can actually compete in the toughest division in all of sports.
The two biggest reasons for their surprisingly good start is the strength of their starting rotation and their bullpen. Starter Wei-Yin Chen has been a huge surprise for the Orioles as he’s posted an era of 2.45 with 32 K’s and only 14 BB’s. Add Jason Hamel’s ability to post a 2.68 era after having a career era of 4.86 and the Orioles have upgraded their rotation in two big spots. Their bullpen has also been strong only allowing 34 runs in 139 innings. Closer Jim Johnson is a perfect 12 for 12 in save opportunities this year and set-up man Pedro Stroop has an era of 1.29 with 5 holds.
With the unbalanced schedule, the Orioles will have a tough road ahead for them to continue to contend in the AL East. So far, they’ve played teams in the AL East strong, posting a record of 13-7, but they’ve been crushed in years past because of the strength of the rest of their division. Last year they posted a record of 28-44 against the AL East and a record of 41-49 against the rest of the league. They’ll have to continue their winning ways against teams in the AL East if they want to have a shot at breaking their current streak of 18 years without a winning season. Being above .500 at the end of the year would be a huge accomplishment for the Orioles. Contending for the AL East title would just be the gravy on top.
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Adam Jones homered with one out in the 15th inning, lifting the Baltimore Orioles to a 4-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night.
Jones was hitless in six at-bats before connecting for his team-leading 12th home run -- nine of them tying the game or giving the Orioles a lead. Jones sent a 2-2 pitch from Nate Adcock (0-1), the fifth Kansas...
On Tuesday, Adam Jones took a 1-0 fastball from CC Sabathia in the second inning and launched it out to left field. On Wednesday, in the 15th inning, he destroyed a curveball from Nate Adcock, breaking a 3-3 tie and giving the Orioles a go-ahead run that led to their extra inning win. Yesterday, the victim was Luke Hochevar, whose 4th inning slider didn’t break far enough out...
I wrote this for MASNSports.com last week.
As we are seven weeks into the 2012 season, the Orioles are flying high with a 19-11 record, and are a half-game out of first in the American League East.
Baltimore's fast start has given players like Matt Wieters, Adam Jones and Chris Davis some national attention. However, one name that I don't see mentioned a lot happens...
(AP) -- Adam Jones seems to do his best work as a one-man wrecking crew, and that's fine with the Baltimore Orioles.
Jones and the Orioles seek to extend their longest road winning streak in more than 12 years Thursday when they wrap up a two-game series at Kansas City against the Royals.
Jones' 12 homers are good for a third-place tie in the AL, but still far behind the...
Wei-Yin Chen pitched seven innings of four-hit ball, Adam Jones homered and the Baltimore Orioles beat CC Sabathia and the New York Yankees 5-2 Tuesday night.
J.J. Hardy drove in two runs for Baltimore, which earned a split of the two-game series and improved to 1-4 at home against New York.
Chen (4-0) allowed two runs, struck out four and walked two in a masterful performance...
Adam Jones homered with one out in the 15th inning, lifting the Baltimore Orioles to a 4-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night.
Jones was hitless in six at-bats before connecting for his team-leading 12th home run - nine of them tying the game or giving the Orioles a lead. Jones sent a 2-2 pitch from Nate Adcock (0-1), the fifth Kansas City pitcher, far over the...
The Baltimore Orioles continue to amaze, and they emerged victorious against the Washington Nationals, 2-1, in eleven innings on Friday night.
With the game tied at one, Nick Markakis’ solo homer in the 11th inning off reliever Ryan Mattheus made the difference for the Birds.
They are now 26-14 and lead the American League East by two full games. Kevin Gregg earned win...
Nick Markakis homered into the second deck in right field to give the Baltimore Orioles a 2-1 win in 11 innings over the Washington Nationals on Friday night.
Markakis' blast off Nationals reliever Ryan Mattheus (2-1) helped the Orioles improve to 6-2 in extra innings with all six victories coming on the road.
The first-place Orioles have won four straight.
Four Orioles relievers...
Adam Jones hit a two-run homer, J.J. Hardy also drove in a pair of runs and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Kansas City Royals 5-3 on Thursday for their seventh straight road win.
The Orioles also improved to 12-1 when Jones goes deep, including a victory over the Royals the previous night, when his homer in the 15th inning decided the game.
Jones has homered 13 times this year...
What is it with those scumbag Yankee fans always getting carte blanche to interfere with baseball games?
We O’s fans hardly need to hear the first three syllables of the name “Jeffrey Maier” before going into involuntary dry heaves.
Then there was THIS guy during the playoffs last year.
In Tuesday night’s O’s-Yanks contest, another Yanks fan pulled in what should have...
I wrote about the position players yesterday; Adam Jones is clearly playing over his head (we don't know by how much, but I'd wager that he doesn't end the year with 50 home runs), but otherwise things seem relatively reasonable overall. There will be some drop-off there, but maybe not a huge amount. It's on the pitching side where I think more people are holding...
Three teams are tied for the best record in the American League. Two are expected, in the Rays and Rangers. The third is the Baltimore Orioles, who are tied with the Rays at the top of the AL East, 2.5 games ahead of the Yankees. Baltimore's fatal 15 game stretch ended last night, and I initially predicted that they'd go 5-10 during those 15 games. Well, they actually went...