World Series Baltimore Orioles Face Off in MLB Dream Bracket 2

BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 12: Cal Ripken Jr. of the Baltimore Orioles turns a double play during World Series game two between the Philadelphia Phillies and Baltimore Orioles on October 12, 1983 at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland. The Orioles defeated the Phillies 4-1. (Photo by Rich Pilling/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 12: Cal Ripken Jr. of the Baltimore Orioles turns a double play during World Series game two between the Philadelphia Phillies and Baltimore Orioles on October 12, 1983 at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland. The Orioles defeated the Phillies 4-1. (Photo by Rich Pilling/Getty Images) /
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In the first MLB Dream Bracket of 2020, the Baltimore Orioles dream team was swept by the Houston Astros in four quick games.

The sweep seemed a bit outrageous, as the Dream Baltimore Orioles roster consisted of more Hall of Famers than the Astros squad. But, the virtual games had the O’s stalwarts committing unlikely errors that helped the Astros get ahead.

This time, the MLB Dream Bracket Teams consist of numerous World Series winning teams. And, in cases where teams have yet to win a World Series (like the Tampa Bay Ray and Seattle Mariners), those teams are represented by their top seasons.

This bracket game includes 64 of the best teams ever to hit the diamond. The Orioles are represented by their 1970 and 1983 World Series teams. Even though the 1966 team swept the Dodgers in the 1966 World Series, they were not included.

The ’70 Team

The 1970s World Series team hit a combined slash of .292/.366/.509 in the World Series and .257/.344/.401. The team pitchers accomplished an ERA of 3.15 in the regular season. Jim Palmer led the team in WAR, but he couldn’t have done it on his own.

Boog Powell hit 35 home runs and raked up 114 RBI. Frank Robinson wasn’t far behind with his 25 home runs and 74 RBI. A 33-year-old Brooks Robinson was agile and spry at third, and contributed 31 doubles and 94 RBI.

The ’83 Team

The 1983 team hit .213/.258/.372 in the World Series and .269/.340/.421 in the regular season. The pitchers combined for an ERA of 3.63. Cal Ripken Jr. led the team in WAR that season with his batting average of .318 with 27 home runs and 102 RBI, but there were several notable players.

A 37-year-old Palmer started in 11 games, while the top pitching statistics belonged to Mike Boddicker who had an ERA of 2.77 and a WHIP of 1.078. The ’83 team also had top hitters like Eddie Murray, whose season batting average was an impressive .306. He had 33 home runs and 111 RBI.

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The Opponents

These two teams won’t have an easy journey through the bracket, but they should be able to win a few games. The 1970s team is scheduled to face the 1995 Seattle Mariners. That team featured a 19-year-old Alex Rodriguez as well as Edgar Martinez who hit .356/.479/.628. Along with those two powerhouses, the Mariners also had Ken Griffey Jr.for a partial season because he broke his wrist making a catch against – ironically – the Orioles. They also had Randy Johnson, who struck out 294 batters that year.

The 1983 O’s are scheduled to face the 2002 Anaheim Angels who won the World Series in seven games against the San Francisco Giants. This team featured Yadier Molina‘s older brothers: Bengie Molina and Jose Molina, who split time behind the plate. This Angels team could actually pitch, and had a season ERA of 3.69 behind arms like Jarrod Washburn and John Lackey.

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The 1983 team shouldn’t have much trouble with the 2002 Angels squad. But, the Mariners could pose a threat for the 1970s team. If the ’83 team wins, they will face the winners of the 2018 Red Sox or the 2011 Rangers. The ’70s team would move on to face the 1965 Twins or the 1983 White Sox.