It seems every article written about the Baltimore Orioles this summer points to the phrase, “Buck Showalter's team is not going away."
Rightly so, much to the angst of other American League teams, Baltimore simply will not pass through the valley of postseason death.
No more talk about flaws, here we are marching toward September and the Orioles have engineered a growing sense of excitement unseen in Baltimore in years.
Past is the past. It is time to recognize that this ballclub has taken on the resolute mindset of its mastermind manager.
Present is the present. It is also time to recognize that this resilient team never quits no matter the score. Unlike past seasons, opposing teams are wise to stay on the accelerator when holding the lead.
Future is the future. It is time to recognize Baltimore has the opportunity to not only earn a wild-card spot but win the AL East.
This is a bold statement, True. Perhaps bold enough to warrant the opinion that I am off my rocker on this subject.
Fair enough, consider this: Suddenly, the New York Yankees and its battered pitching staff appear vulnerable. And the Tampa Bay Rays—despite boasting the second-best pitching staff in baseball—seem unable to score enough runs to pull away from the rest of the pack.
These two realities have opened a window for the Orioles to steal the division title.
But in order for that to happen, Baltimore must do these three things.