Yes, I suppose it's cheating, but then again, I don't even think Orioles fans were expecting them to do so well right out of the gate.
They went 14-9 in April, good for second in the AL East. The Baltimore Orioles, a team that has experienced futility for the past 15 years, is currently doing better in the standings than both the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees.
However, their success is not only because of a specific hitter or pitcher, but rather a collective effort.
Adam Jones is showing his All-Star abilities, posting six home runs and four stolen bases, with a .333 batting average.
Nolan Reimold has five home runs and a .313 batting average.
Robert Andino hit .311. Chris Davis hit .310. Matt Wieters recorded six home runs.
But it hasn't just been the offense that's been getting it done; their pitching has just been effective.
Jason Hammel is 3-1 in five starts, with a 1.97 ERA and 30 strikeouts.
Rookie Wei-Yin Chen is 2-0 in four starts, with a 2.22 ERA
Luis Ayala, Matt Lindstrom and Jim Johnson have yet to allow an earned run, while Johnson has been perfect in seven save opportunities.
So far, the only players that have truly been disappointing are Mark Reynolds (who is expendable, especially with Wilson Betemit covering third base) and Kevin Gregg.
The Orioles are playing great baseball. Maybe they'll be this year's Arizona Diamondbacks, shocking everyone by winning the division. Or maybe they'll be like the Pittsburgh Pirates were last season, contending for much of the season, before eventually dropping. Or maybe they'll just fall flat and experience another year of futility.
No matter what the outcome will be in September, Orioles fans should be happy that their team has gotten off to a great start, and hopefully for the organization, this will result in an increase in attendance.