I don't remember any Oriole team ever with so many .800+ OPS players in a lineup. Okay maybe 1996, with seven including Ripken just in at .807. What a pleasant surprise to see an O's lineup with: Alberto 928, Santander 837, Iglesius 953, Ruiz 938, Nunez 1036, even Smith 875, Severino 1032, and only Hays 510 and Valaika 734 lagging. Plug in Cisco at 1298 and it's really rocking... (leaving Crushed on the bench).
BTW that '96 team was a good guess, ranking tops with 822 in team OPS in Baltimore (the St.L. Browns had 827 in 1922). Before today's 11-4 win the team was tied with the 1998 sluggers and ahead of 1994 and 2004, and those typical starting lineups only feature 3, 6 and 4 players, respectively, with final OPS numbers over 800.
Obviously "final" is a key word here, but I can't remember any previous Oriole offense firing on so many cylinders early, either.
What impresses me so far is the speed off the bat. These guys are not getting lucky rollers, these balls are getting smoked at 95+ over and over. I’ll be the first to admit that the Nats and Phils have awful bullpens but hey, these were supposed to be 2 contending teams.
With a 60 game season and expanded playoffs, there is very likely a team destined to lose 90 games in a 160 game season making the playoffs when the cutoff is 60 games. On the flip side a team that would have made the playoffs in a normal year is going to miss out with this year's format.