Your .500 Orioles
OK, maybe it is just baby steps. And you are sick of baby steps after 13 years. You want teenager leaps.
But with their 6-5, 12th-inning win on Thursday afternoon, the Orioles are 24-24 this season, the first time they have been at .500 since May 1, when they were 13-13.
Think about this: The Orioles weren’t .500 all of last season. Not even after Game 1.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter has said repeatedly that the Orioles’ goal shouldn’t be .500 baseball. But considering the injuries they’ve encountered, as well as the early offensive struggles, the club feels pretty good heading to the West Coast on Thursday night with a 24-24 record.
“It’s a mark you have to hit and pass if you want to be a part of this, to have some fun in September and October,” Showalter said. “I don’t think anyone’s won the World Series under it.”
Here’s what Jeremy Guthrie had to say about the mark: “I think it’s big. We would love to be a team that plays above .500 ball and play meaningful games at the end of the season. … I think if you can look at the record as we stand right now, we know we’ve missed a lot of opportunities, and if we can continue to take advantage of those, we’ll be better going forward. But our record will put us in a position to play important games in the second half of the season.”
Here is Nolan Reimold, Thursday’s hero, on now being part of a .500 team: “We’ve got a little win streak going, so it feels very good. Now we’ve got to get on the road and keep it going.”
And Vladimir Guerrero, through an interpreter: “I'm very happy about that because that's something we've been working on all year. Got to keep working hard.”
Here’s one little dose of reality, because you can’t expect this space to be all roses and champagne.
The Orioles now head to Oakland, where they are 1-9 in the past three seasons, and Seattle, where they are 3-6 in the past two years.
So it’ll be a challenge to keep the record up -- and get beyond .500 before they come home.
“With this team, and the couple setbacks we’ve had with BRob and DLee, we have to have to have that momentum going, especially going against teams that are not in our division,” Robert Andino said. “It should be pretty good going into Oakland if we can keep that momentum going.”