I think it’s safe to say that the Orioles’ rebuild is complete! After a tough start to the year on a 6-game road trip, the birds sit atop the AL East with a 3-1 record. They’re putting up runs. They’re playing defense and situational offense. They’re running the bases. They won a game using the ‘opener’ strategy. David Hess is a god.
Somehow, especially after watching the Opening Day bludgeoning they took at the hand of the Yankees, it felt like the O’s may not manage to win a game. Now, just a few days later, they’re on a 3-game winning streak, an impressive start for Brandon Hyde that has some wondering if the team is underrated. Now, enough of the jokes
The Orioles are not a good team. In all likelihood, even if they leave the Rogers Centre with a sweep, they’ll be 5-4 three days later after the Bronx Bombers come back through for the home opener. Looking up and down the roster, it’s probably one of the worst I can remember, especially on the offensive side of things. Sure, Trey Mancini, Jonathan Villar, and Dwight Smith Jr. look like they could be a force, but even if those three stay relatively solid throughout the year, Villar will be dealt and the rest of the team will be so awful that their performance won’t make a difference. That’s just the reality of things.
But here’s the catch: As much as it would be a blast for the Orioles to make a shocking, all-time Cinderella story run to the postseason this year, it is actually better for the team for them to have a taste of success at the beginning and end of the season, sandwiching a league-worst campaign overall.
At the end of the day, the most important factor for the Orioles’ rebuild is for Mike Elias to nail the June draft for the next few years. That’s where the O’s will get the stars of the future. Now, considering their circumstance this year, Elias and his crew have the best chance to succeed in the draft if they have their pick of the lot. Typically, the top five picks in the draft are all terrific options, so if they Orioles remain at the bottom of the MLB for the next 2 or 3 seasons before showing signs of promise and kicking off the upward trend, we have things to be excited about. Realistically, they will; The only question is whether or not it will stay that way longer than it should.
The Orioles might have a winning record while I’m writing this, but let’s be very clear: that won’t be the case in a week. While all of that’s going down, though, don’t let it get you down. This team is fun, they play hard, and they will improve over time. If you’re a real, educated fan, you’ll stick around for the ride.