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View Poll Results: Most surprising MLB contender this year
Baltimore Orioles 16 43.24%
Chicago White Sox 0 0%
Oakland Athletics 13 35.14%
Washington Nationals 2 5.41%
Pittsburgh Pirates 4 10.81%
Other 2 5.41%
Voters: 37. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 09-04-2012, 09:36 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn,NY
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Orioles are in 1st now
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Old 09-16-2012, 06:09 AM
 
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Hey Lifeshadower I voted the Baltimore Orioles. The 2 surprises are them & the Pirates because both haven't been the most relevant in a long time.
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Old 09-20-2012, 09:21 PM
 
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It would have to be the Athletics or the Pirates. The Orioles have been decent for the past few years so this is no surprise. If the Pirates hadn't dropped so much recently they would be a clear number one otherwise.
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Old 09-20-2012, 09:31 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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The Orioles have been decent for the past few years so this is no surprise.


The last time the Orioles had more wins than losses was 1997.
Since then they are 990 and 1276
That's an average of 70 wins per season
They haven't won 70 games in a season since 2006
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Old 09-20-2012, 10:27 PM
 
Location: not Chicagoland
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The last time the Orioles had more wins than losses was 1997.
Since then they are 990 and 1276
That's an average of 70 wins per season
They haven't won 70 games in a season since 2006
I'm a little more lenient with my assessments of some teams. Being in the AL East with Boston and the Yankees where it is a bad season when the don't make the playoffs let alone have a losing record I consider having a lower record to be more acceptable

It is said that going from the AL to the NL a team would expect to win about three games more a year on average and I would say something equivalent is applicable for the AL East (most years).

They also had stretches during recent years where there average was better (although they finished below .500) where they were doing fairly well. Like how Pittsburgh in .500 now but earlier they were much better. Even if Pittsburgh finishes around .500 I would say that it was a good season in comparison to previous recent seasons.
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Old 09-20-2012, 10:58 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Maybe it's a bit cynical to say the Pirates are the least surprising in that it looks they are on their way to the 3,378th sub-.500 season in a row. Seems they just don't have the stamina to close the deal.
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Old 09-21-2012, 07:35 AM
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Location: Suburban Dallas
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The last time the Orioles had more wins than losses was 1997.
Since then they are 990 and 1276
That's an average of 70 wins per season
They haven't won 70 games in a season since 2006
Considering all that, my hat does go off to them. They've stockpiled young players, and you're seeing now what can happen when a team invests in its minor-league system. They have earned the right to be where they are now.
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Old 09-21-2012, 07:49 AM
 
Location: Great Falls, VA
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I voted Orioles only because I'm an Orioles fan, but honestly both the O's and A's are equally surprising. Both play in tough divisions against teams that were perceived to be much stronger when the season started.

As an O's fan, I've been trying to control my own expectations with regards to the Orioles season all year long saying to myself "Don't even dare think about the playoffs, you should be happy if they finish above .500". Mostly because I really want to enjoy this season for what it is...the best one the Orioles have had since I started watching baseball. Playoffs or not. But also because deep inside me, I've been fearing a season-killing losing streak, or the Yankees or Rays or Sox to suddenly start beating the Orioles consistently, but that simply hasn't happened. I have to admit that has surprised me, how incredibly relentless this team has turned out to be even when facing key injuries.

They just keep winning and winning and at this point I don't think any Orioles fan can say they won't be truly sad if the team can't clinch at least a wild card.

A wild card game elimination game between A's and O's would be truly epic, but I'm still hoping the O's can actually take the division and avoid Oakland.
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Old 09-21-2012, 07:58 AM
 
Location: Parts Unknown, Northern California
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A wild card game elimination game between A's and O's would be truly epic, but I'm still hoping the O's can actually take the division and avoid Oakland.
If the two teams wound up with identical records Oakland would host that playoff game, they won 5 out of 9 against the Orioles this season.
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Old 09-21-2012, 08:12 AM
 
Location: Great Falls, VA
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If the two teams wound up with identical records Oakland would host that playoff game, they won 5 out of 9 against the Orioles this season.
It would certainly not be an easy game, and I agree Baltimore would be the underdog. But even so, 5 out 9 is just barely above .500. Considering the stakes of a do-or-die game between two of baseball's hottest teams, I think we'd be in for a treat.
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