The resurgence of the Baltimore Orioles during the 2012 season surprised almost everyone who pays attention to MLB, and though they silenced critics by forcing a game five in the ALDS against the New York Yankees, said unexpected resurgence only leads to an even bigger question:
Can the O's repeat their success next season?
Though the Orioles have many good pieces in place, much of their insane success in one-run and extra-inning games will be hard to duplicate in 2013. Any team would have trouble matching those ridiculous numbers again.
I expect many baseball fans and critics to argue that the Orioles won't be able to make the playoffs again in 2013 simply because of what was stated above. They'll claim the O's need to add a couple big-time players in order to compete again.
However, I also believe what the O's will lack in luck in 2013, they'll make up for in skill. They're not going to have to make a big splash in the free-agent or trade market this offseason in order to remain a competitive team in 2013. And here's why.