The Orioles have been beating PECOTA projections since 2012, but a bullpen full of injuries and disappointment has put them right on track in 2017. The Orioles under Buck Showalter have long been making preseason PECOTA projections look as clueless as the Orioles lineup against a rookie junk pitcher. PECOTA has been off by more than 10 wins when predicting the Orioles final record in four out of the last five years.
A few fellow ball writers and I have taken to celebrating draft day by recalling our favorite old scouting descriptors, some of which are real, some made up but close enough to sound sort of legit. Think of these being side-mouth mumbled by a well-tanned
We know computers hate the Orioles, and national broadcasters hate the Orioles, but do the folks who make power polls/rankings hate the Orioles? After last week, I fear to look... MLB.com (14th; LW: 13th) MLB.com drops the O’s to the outer reaches of the top half of the league. USA Today Power Rankings (N/A; LW: 12th) The Nation’s Newspaper didn’t update their rankings in time to be included this week. Bleacher Report Power Rankings (15th; LW: 13th) B-R drops the O’s to the bottom of the top half of MLB. CBS Sports (19th; LW: 10th) Matt Synder lifts the O’s to the top position … in the bottom half of the league. “The Orioles now hold the AL record, having allowed at least five runs in 17 straight