It’s Monday, May 7th, 2012, and the Baltimore Orioles are the best team in baseball. No, really. They have 19 wins. They are the only team to not in double digits for losses. They have a .679 winning percentage.
The Baltimore Orioles. Yes, the team that has Dan Duquette for a general manager and has just signed a 39 year old, sub .600 OPSing designated hitter to a Minor League deal. They’re in first place right now.
According to CoolStandings.com, the Orioles have a better chance of making the playoffs than the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays. In fact, of all the teams in the American League, only the Tampa Bay Rays and Texas Rangers have a better chance of playing in the post season.
Personally, I don’t see it happening. Mainly because the team is already letting success get to them. Witness Baltimore Orioles third baseman (I use the term loosely) Mark Reynolds totally big league his manager Buck Showalter.
As the good book says: Pride doth come before a summertime fall in the standings.