Will the Orioles continue to surprise everyone?

Will the Orioles continue to surprise everyone?


To the astonishment of many, the Baltimore Orioles are in the hunt for a berth in the major league playoffs this season and their general manager, Mike Elias, believes his team can cause a big upset at the end of the regular schedule. 

The Maryland squad was a game and a half behind in the American League second-best standings before facing the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday night. Yet the organization let go of reliever Jorge Lopez, who left for the Minnesota Twins, as well as one of its best offensive elements in Trey Mancini, off to the Houston Astros, earlier this month and nothing showed a real desire. to climb the ladder. However, the players in uniform are doing everything in their power to defy the odds, with the club posting a 59-55 record. as reported by the MASN network. I like the direction we are going. I believe this group has the ability to fight for the next month and a half.”

Still, the CEO and his deputies are looking further ahead and the off-season will be important to them, to improve the workforce in place. More means – financial – could therefore be taken to allow the Orioles to fight on a slightly more equal footing with the New York Yankees, among others.

“Our plan for next winter has always been to increase the payroll, admitted the DG. I believe a lot of this will relate to our players finding themselves in arbitration, but we also plan to explore the autonomy market more aggressively. Maybe there will be trades for guys with contracts or nearing the end of their umpiring years. And in my view, the successes of the first half of the campaign solidified those plans.”

A diverse contribution

Those questioning the reasons for the successes of the team led by manager Brandon Hyde can look at the offensive performance of many players. Seven of them have slammed at least 10 homers in 2022; among others, outfielder Anthony Santander boasts 20 long balls, in addition to dominating his team with 60 RBIs.

On the mound, no gunner has 10 wins, but Jordan Lyles is close with his record of 9-9. He is also the only one in Baltimore to have exceeded the 100 innings pitched plateau. For his part, reliever Felix Bautista seems to have taken over with conviction after the departure of Lopez. He has an ERA of 1.69.