Personally, I didnt think too much of the 10 pitch rule. As a hitter, you are taught to keep working the pitcher and count, it tires out the pitcher and sometimes after 8-10 pitches, they make a mistake and leave one over the plate.
Not every batter is able to work the count and do this, but why limited the good ones, because the bad ones, can't?
Im sorry, if my smart arse response offended you.
You said: "I can’t believe I am asking this but at what point would we consider them a contender?" And I'm trying to tell you - It's too soon to ask that question. If you don't want to hear that answer, don't ask the question.
It would certainly help. Unless you think that roughly one month's worth of results is overwhelmingly more meaningful than all of our body knowledge about the Orioles and the rest of the league.
The 2019 Orioles had a 12-12 July and a stretch where they went 7-3 in 10 games. They went 18-37 in August and September.
I just reviewed the 2005 oriole season. After 72 games they were 42-30. After that, they started faltering and they only won 32 more games the whole season.
However, that illustrates that if a team starts hot, and every player is able to play to his maximum ability for a time, it is possible. After all, the best team ever playing the worst team ever only wins one game at a time, and all that extra talent and ability is wasted. We don’t have to be the best,We just have to cover our flaws for 60 games.