This season has gotten off to an amazing start for the Baltimore Orioles. The second-best record in all of baseball is their 20-10 mark. While there are many factors contributing to this, such as a hot offense that is producing from unexpected sources, having one of the best bullpens in baseball has been the main driver of this strong start.
Sportsbook Review cited Baltimore Orioles’ bullpen was the team’s strength in the season preview for 2023. They had no idea the bullpen would be this strong back then. It said incorrectly that Cionel Pérez would be among the best set-up men in baseball. Pérez has not impressed, but Yennier Cano has filled in for him where he has failed.
The Orioles’ starting rotation has so far delivered a below-par performance. The squad has depended largely on their bullpen because the beginning pitching leaves a lot to be desired. As a result, while it may be debatable as to which baseball club has the best bullpen, there is no disagreement as to which team has the most useful bullpen. Come take a look at how the Baltimore Orioles, that club, got there.
Where They Stand
As we already mentioned the Baltimore Orioles have 20 wins and only 10 losses so far this season. They are second in the division only behind the Tampa Bay Rays which as you may remember started the season with a 13 game win streak.
Surprisingly the New York Yankees are the seller dwellers of the AL East. Still, every team in the AL East has a winning record at this moment.
The Orioles are simply overpowering teams and the pitching, especially the bullpen, is getting the job done. They look to improve on last season’s 83-79 record. At this point it looks like they’ll be able to do just that.
Why are the Orioles the Real Deal? Kansas City — At age 21, and a year after Baltimore’s final playoff
participation, Austin Hays made his Baltimore Orioles debut in late September of 2017. Hays played in
Double-A the next year, where they had a 47-115 record. He made a comeback to the major leagues in 2019 to
play for a 108-loss team, struggled through the pandemic season (25 wins), and endured a 110-loss squad in
2021 in the hopes of a better future. Both players and fans shared a fundamental belief in hope and faith
because, without them, the level of sorrow that permeated the Orioles franchise would be intolerable. Hays,
who is now 27 years old, was in awe of everything around him on Monday in the warmth of yet another
triumph. The Orioles, who now sit third in Major League Baseball with a record of 21-10, are not an anomaly.
Yes, they’ve had a soft schedule, but given the teams they’ll face in their next eight series, worse times are
undoubtedly ahead.605, or 98 wins a year on average. But their strategy, outhitting the opposition and
surviving average starting pitching with the top Fielding Independent Pitching number in baseball, is
repeatable. And Hays is encouraged by the way the Baltimore team is coming together—a well-balanced
combination of homegrown players with whom he rose through the minor leagues, Orioles’ worst-case
scenario survivors, and foreign players finding their best selves.