With this Orioles’ team, there have been too many stops and starts to mention. And you’re always waiting for something to wipe out the positive mojo.
But, after their 7-6 win against the Seattle Mariners on Monday night at Camden Yards, here are some trends worth pointing out.
Take a deep breath for a moment, I suppose, before you begin worrying again.
The Orioles (66-65) are over .500 for the first time since June 11, when they beat the New York Yankees to improve to 31-30. That’s a span of 70 games.
They are now 1 ½ games behind the Minnesota Twins (who were idle Monday) for the second American League Wild Card spot.
And they’ve jumped over the Mariners (66-66), at least for a day. So now, amazingly, the only team between the Orioles and the Twins is the Los Angeles Angels.
A week ago it seemed like nearly every team in the AL was ahead of them.
That’s what happens when you win five straight, and everyone else basically stays in neutral.
So, the Orioles don’t quite control their destiny, but they continue to work toward that goal.
And the two teams that are ahead of them were sellers at the July 31 trade deadline. Go figure.