The Baltimore Orioles and the New York Yankees have been battling it out for second place in the AL East for the last month, with neither running away with it to catch the Boston Red Sox. But for the Orioles, if there is any moment to sweep an opponent for the first time this season, it is right now.
In the always-tough AL East, the division is living up to the reputation it has developed over the years. The AL East is currently the only division in the majors with every team having a .500 record or better. So right now is not a good time for the Orioles to be slipping by any means. The O’s are in second place, and could easily be in last place by next Thursday.
The Orioles have been struggling as of late, only winning four out of their last 10 games. The pitching has been abysmal from the starters to the bullpen, as the overall ERA for the team this season is 4.51, which is ranked next to last in the majors. It’s a surprise that the Orioles’ overall record is even 44-36 at this point.
It is also frustrating due to the fact that the O’s have handled the Red Sox this season, yet somehow it’s Boston continues to stay steady in first place with a 48-33 record.
The good news for the Orioles, however, is that second baseman Brian Roberts is expected to make his return Sunday night against the Yankees from a hamstring injury that has sidelined him since early April, according to rotowire.com. The O’s have not had a consistent bat at second base all season long after Roberts got hurt.