Last season, the Baltimore Orioles won the American League East. They did so with solid pitching and timely hitting. The closest team to them in the final standings was the New York Yankees, who finished 12 games behind the O’s. Baltimore ultimately were swept by the Kansas City Royals in the ALCS.
This season, Baltimore hasn’t started off so hot. The Orioles are sitting at .500 with a 4-4 record. Playing against divisional foes is never a walk in the park and the O’s are experiencing that thus far.
The Orioles started off the 2015 campaign with a three game series against the Tampa Bay Rays, where Baltimore took two-of-three. The Orioles outscored the Rays 12-9.
The second series of the young season was against the Toronto Blue Jays, where Baltimore lost two-of-three, being outscored 23-19.
The O’s will wrap up a series with the New York Yankees tonight in Baltimore, with each team trying to win the series after splitting the first two. Bud Norris will toe the rubber for Baltimore tonight in the rubber match against Nathan Eovaldi, with first pitch set for 7:05 p.m.
This weekend, Baltimore will travel to Fenway Park to take on the Boston Red Sox in a four-game series. These two teams have been picked by multiple experts to win the division and a wild card spot. Baltimore plays the AL East in each of the first six series of the season.
On the young season, Adam Jones leads the Orioles with a .429 average, 11 RBIs and four home runs. The team ranks ninth in team batting average with a .251 mark while ranking seventh in runs scored with 40.
The pitching has been lackluster so far, with a team ERA of 4.56, which ranks 25th in the league. Luckily for the O’s and their fan base, the season is only a week old with plenty of time to improve and try to win the division for a second consecutive season.