I feel like I have lost my mind even bringing it up as a conversation/kidding around.
Imagine a 162 game season with 5 playoffs teams like normal. Would be 154 games left. Even as a joke nobody would bring it up.
I'm working on enjoying the moment but these wins are feeling a little bit Pyrrhic, as the risk of missing a shot at one more rare talent for the next good team's core group increases.
I took a little comfort this weekend in that entering 1989 - with today's perspective I might have looked for a McDonald bookend, then we went and did all that winning and only got...Mike Mussina (but not Chipper Jones).
It isn't that I want the team to lose, it is more that this team very likely ought to lose. In 162, they would surely earn X for the peak Rutschman teams, but the circumstances of 2020 might conspire to block the org from having what it "deserves".
But hey, if we can sweep the Rays, the Pirates can sweep the Twins, right?
It’s not 15% of the way through the season, I know that much. I don’t think there’s a magic number but I do think that they are playing above their head right now.
I also don’t think Lil Yaz is the best player in baseball.
https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/29525916/what-2020-mlb-season-bring-all-30-teams This article was printed on 7/29/20.
From, The Tankers section at the bottom...
"If the Orioles win the World Series, it won't be because they're secretly better than we thought, and they won't ask us to believe it. It'll just be chaos. We'll love it.
...No bad team has ever won, or will win, a World Series.
Except this year, one might. As FanGraphs' playoff odds show, cutting the season from 162 games to 60 increased the Tigers' chances of making the playoffs by 20 times. And that was before they doubled the number of playoff teams.
It's still unlikely that the Tigers will win the World Series, and the Orioles are so bad that in simulations their odds of making the playoffs barely moved at all. But this season, for the first time in major league history, teams like the Marlins, Orioles, Tigers, Mariners and Royals have actual chances. In a way, this is history, and the Orioles have a chance to make it."
There was another article I read that I can't locate now that was actually insulting to the O's, but very funny too. I think most of us get that dichotomy with our club over the past couple decades. Anyway, it said of our chances something to the effect, "...seriously?!" I laughed out loud.
I'm glad so far that it hasn't turned out as bad as what was expected by the "experts." At least it's fun to watch. Go O's.