4 Reasons Baltimore Orioles Could Shock the AL East

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4 Reasons Baltimore Orioles Could Shock the AL East
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The Orioles have improved their record each season that Buck Showalter has managed the team, and this year’s 9-7 start is a promising sign of things to come.

Despite General Manager Dan Duquette’s quiet offseason, the O’s may be in a better position to win than last year, based on the development of some players and the emergence of a couple potential stars.

For the Orioles, finishing anywhere but dead last would be a shock to the rest of the division—19 games a year against Boston, New York, Toronto and Tampa Bay make things especially difficult.

But the team is playing well in April, and this may be the year that the O’s climb out of the cellar of the AL East and finish somewhere closer to .500. This would give fans at least some legitimate hope for the team’s future prospects.

Here are four reasons that the Orioles are ready to pass at least one team in the standings this year.

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