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Back In The Driver's Seat

Written by: Peter Coolbaugh

That is right people, the Orioles with another marathon win last night, are tied for first place once again with the Yankees who were idle due to a rainout.  At 84-64 (it is 2012 right, not 1997?) the Orioles are masters of their own destiny from here on out.

Tonight they face King Felix and then we are off to Boston.  It seems that the Birds will easily win 90 games and maybe more.  But the wild card picture is very muddled right now.  As are all of the AL division races.  Even the Texas Rangers, once thought as a lock for the West crown only have a 3.5 game lead on the very hot Oakland A's.  Seattle, Boston, Toronto, KC, Minnesota and Cleveland are the only teams out of everything right now.  The rest have a chance.  At the moment anyway.

The hodgepodge Orioles just keep getting it done.  During the Yankees series it was Reynolds.  More recently it has been McLouth and Wieters.  The hero of the day syndrome as I like to call it.  You never know who is going to step it up.  But somehow it is working.  It may defy all logic, but it is working nonetheless.

There is a lot of time left.  The Orioles are in control.  But even if they happen to come up just a bit short this year, it was worth the ride.  And with the right pieces in place for the future, the expectations of continued greatness will be high. 

September 19, 2012


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