The resurgent Baltimore Orioles won yet again on Monday night, improving their record under new manager Buck Showalter to 6-1, an obvious cause for excitement.
Well, not too much excitement.
The Orioles still have the worst record in baseball at 38-74. If they were to play the final 50 games of the year at the same pace that they have started under Showalter, they would go 43-7… which would still only leave them at the break-even mark of 81-81 at season’s end.
Even after their recent hot streak, the Orioles are still 21.5 games out of fourth place in the American League East. Not that this year even matters at this point. It just goes to show how astoundingly awful Baltimore was before the recent hot streak.
At least the Orioles have a fighting chance to jump past the Pirates in the battle for the worst team in baseball — a far cry from 1979 for both franchises. (Perhaps God is just getting revenge for those ’79 uniforms).
Either way, as long as Showalter keeps the team playing at its current .857 clip, they will just barely reach the .500 mark. Awesome. No pressure Buck.