By Ben Sullivan
With a 3-1 win over the Yankees last night, the Orioles are 33-17, good for the second-best record in baseball … behind division rival Tampa Bay.
We saw flashes of this last year, too, as the talented young roster outperformed expectation en route to an 83-79 record, just a year after losing 110 games in 2021.
They’re not fluky, at least not yet.
Baltimore is slightly better on the road (18-9) than at home (15-8). They’re 11-7 against the AL East — the toughest division in baseball — and have a +45 run differential. Both the pitching staff and offense have been perfectly above average.
Look no further than reliever Yennier Cano to see evidence of the good juju in Baltimore. At 29, Cano came into the season with just 18 innings pitched. This year, he might be the best closer in baseball.
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