The Baltimore Orioles have not made the MLB playoffs since the club lost the American League Wild Card game in 2016. That year the team finished the season with a 89-73 record. The Orioles fell to 75-87 in 2017. Since then the bottom has fallen out for the Orioles. The best winning percentage the team has had since then, in a full MLB season, was in 2019 at .333. The team finished in last place in the AL East that year with a 54-108 record.
The Orioles’ record last year was 52-110. No one picked the team to fare much better in the 2022 campaign. In fact, in a preseason story, ESPN projected the Orioles would wrap up 2022 as the worst team in the American League with a 58-104 record.
Well, the Orioles would need to lose every game for the rest of the season to hit that mark. With 110 games played in 2022, Baltimore is 58-52 and in the hunt for a spot in the 2022 MLB postseason.
If the playoffs started today, the Orioles would not make the Wild Card cut. The Toronto Blue Jays (60-50), Seattle Mariners (60-52) and Tampa Bay Rays (58-51) would be the AL Wild Card teams. Baltimore are just a half-game out of the Wild Card hunt. The teams above the O’s are all 5-5 in their past 10 games. Baltimore sports a 7-3 record in its 10 most recent outings.
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Adley Rutschman was the first pick of the 2019 MLB draft. He made his first appearance of the season for the Orioles in May. His first hit came in his first game with the team. The 24-year-old catcher connected for a triple in that game against the Rays.
The first-year player made history when he became the first MLB player to have five home runs, 22 doubles and 25 walks in the first 57 games of his career. Since Rutschman joined the team, the club has put together a 42-27 record. Rutschman looks like he will be the next player the Orioles build around.
The Orioles’ pitching has been a surprise this season. The bullpen ranks third in the majors with a 3.09 ERA. Overall, the club’s hurlers are 13th in the majors with a 3.88 ERA. Last season, Baltimore was last in the league in ERA at an eye-opening 5.84.
The team is being led by Jordan Lyles. The 31-year-old broke into the majors in 2011. Baltimore is his seventh major league club. Lyles has started 23 games for the Orioles and has a 9-8 record with an ERA of 4.35. He leads the team in wins, ERA and strikeouts (105). Lyles is 6-2 since the start of July and has wins in his past four starts for the team.
The Orioles were sellers at the trade deadline and many thought the team would fall off after they unloaded Trey Mancini and Jorge Lopez. However, the club has seemed to come together since then and the Orioles are 6-1 since the trade deadline.
Making the playoffs is a big ask for the Orioles and if they falter, the Minnesota Twins are right behind them in the Wild Card race.
With the odds being what they are right now, I would say bet on the Orioles to make the playoffs. There is good value in that bet.
The big picture for the Orioles is that the end of their season, where they have series against the Astros, Red Sox, Yankees and Blue Jays will ultimately determine in they make the 2022 MLB playoffs.
Pick: Baltimore Orioles to make the 2022 MLB Playoffs in the American League.
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