Twenty seven games is exactly one sixth of a season and the Orioles' record is 16 - 11; that projects to a 96 and 66 record which would be a virtual lock on a playoff spot.
The good news is that Chris Davis and Adam Jones
appear to have matured as hitters, particularly Davis. Manny Machado
looks like a future MVP and Nate McLouth may be the bargain of the decade.
It might surprise you to know that Machado, Davis, and Jones are all on a pace to drive in more than 100 runs this year, and Davis is on a pace to drive in 150.
The bullpen has been above average, but not the plus factor it was last year, and the starting pitching has definitely taken a step backwards. We need two SPs to grab on to the fourth and fifth spots in the rotation and make them theirs.
The defense has been better than it was at this time last year, but the lapses can be blamed for AT LEAST three of our losses.
I should be happy that we're on a 96 win pace, but I find it hard to get past the fact that we have given away as many as four games so far this year, and twenty wins would look a whole lot better than 16. If we can just get the pitching to settle down we could run away with the division.