What a roller coaster first half to the 2012 big league season it has been for the Baltimore Orioles.
This usual doormat of the AL East has dug its tattered fingers into the side of MLB’s muddy well and muscled from the depths of despair.
Who would have thought that halfway through this season the Orioles would boast a 45-40 record?
Sure Buck Showalter and Co. are seven games behind the New York Yankees. But looking at a mug of Natty Boh half-full, if the season were to end today the Orioles would be in the postseason.
Even sweeter, Baltimore has a better record than the Boston Red Sox. While not far behind the Orioles in the standings, the Red Sox have had their share of turmoil this season.
Whether it be clubhouse drama, a ton of injuries, or growing pains with new manager Bobby Valentine, the Red Sox are struggling to stay afloat.
Yeah, I know this is the Red Sox we are talking about—we know they will be right there in the end. But for now, let Baltimore’s fans relish five clear advantages this team has over Beantown’s finest.