I do agree that this team is better than last years team. I didn’t expect the 2020 Orioles to have the #1 pick. I felt it would still be top 5 and maybe top 3 but I didn’t think it would be the worst team in baseball.
Of course, the bar you are using isn’t exactly a high one.
I will say this about the team..I do think there are players on this team that are potential long term pieces and it’s not surprising to see certain guys taking a leap. I also expect that Cobb and hopefully Means will be good starters. I don’t really buy the rest of them and I still don’t buy the pen as being good but I do like some of the guys out there.
I’ll still be surprised if the team wins more than 25 games but it’s looking like the team will be drafting more in the 10-15 range as opposed to top 5.
I don't think there are any Cy Young winners on the O's current staff, but with 15 pitchers on the pitching staff that might not be necessary. We are talking about a team moving from the 2nd worst in baseball to a little over .500. Its not hard to see that this team is better that last year's team.
A little luck goes a long way in a 60 game season.
I’m trying to stay realistic, but these guys are legit hitting rockets. Young teams that mature at once surprise people, and some of these games are already starting to feel like 2012 games.
I don't know about Spahn and Appling... but our regular position players not named Chris Davis have an average combined OPS that's over .900, and we have what passes for a pretty good bullpen. The starters are raising an occasional eyebrows as well. And the whole team doesn't seem to have a lot of quit in them at the moment.
You're right to suggest it's a small sample size.. but it's growing... and enthusiasm is still high.