The Baltimore Orioles have shocked Major League Baseball through the first 35 games of the 2012 season. They sit atop the standings in the American League East, one game ahead of the New York Yankees.
Many seem to think that the Orioles will not be able to sustain this type of run. As of Monday morning May 14th, Baltimore boasts a 22-13 record and is tied for the second most wins in baseball. Starting 10-2 or 15-5 is one thing. Thirty-five games is a much larger sample size. Nearly a quarter of the MLB season has gone by and the Orioles are still winning at an astounding clip.
The AL East has faltered a bit in the early going of this season and the Orioles have clearly been the beneficiary. By consistently playing above-average baseball with solid pitching, Baltimore has catapulted themselves into the early playoff conversation. After nearly a quarter of the season, it is time to give them their well-deserved credit and discuss why they will be able to keep up their new-found winning ways.