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By boyson05 on Dec 27, 2013 08:02 AM
Breakthrough season for Baltimore Orioles

Fans of the Toronto Blue Jays look to the Baltimore Orioles and say, Why can t we do that?

The Orioles, whipping boys for at least the last 10 years in the American League East, are suddenly threatening to win baseball s toughest division, sending a message to big spending division rivals New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox that money might be able to buy you love, but it doesn t always produce a championship baseball team. East, seem to have been living on a diet of five month energy drinks. After posting a dismal 69 93 record last year (and a standard 28 games behind the pennant winning Yankees). The Orioles went into September this year neck and neck with the Yanks. As of Wednesday, the Birds were sitting a non Baltimore like 17 games above .500.

It s not necessarily that manager of the year candidate Buck Showalter is smarter Cowboys Gavin Escobar Jersey this year than he was in 2011. It s just that a good crop of Baltimore s young players have matured together. Outfielders Nick Markakis and Adam Jones, third baseman Mark Reynolds and first baseman Chris Davis are leading the offensive charge and are four of Baltimore s seven players with double digit home run totals. (The Jays, by comparison, have five.)

Barring a complete September collapse, the Orioles are almost assured of at least a wildcard playoff berth, making the post season for the first time in 15 years. It could be the first of a few, www.cowboysonlineofficialstore.com/cowboys-gavin-escobar-jersey-c-5_57.html because the Orioles future is brightened by the arrival next year of super duper phenom pitcher Dylan Bundy, who s 19 but is already receiving Stephen Strasburg like comparisons.

Meanwhile, the Jays stumble along to a last place finish, suffering through an injury plagued season and hoping that perhaps 2013 will be the season they end their 21 year playoff drought. The Orioles have proven that worst to first is more than just an optimistic phrase.

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