The month of June is almost over, and, entering Wednesday, the Baltimore Orioles have two more games left to play this month. It’s been a pretty good month for the Orioles, entering play on Wednesday with a record that comes as a complete surprise, making straightforward strides this season.
But, the icing on the cake was something I saw on Twitter recently. After the Baltimore Orioles closed out a dominating 9-2 win over the Seattle Mariners on Monday night, that improved the Orioles’ record in June to 14-10. It’s the first winning month for the Orioles since August of 2017, a clear sign of improvement in Baltimore. Let’s walk through who they beat.
The month started pretty even for the Orioles, bouncing back and forth early. After six games in June, they were an even 3-3, and they were 5-5 after ten games. They were still even 18 games in after splitting a series with the Toronto Blue Jays and the Washington Nationals and winning a series against the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Baltimore Orioles are making real progress, and the record backs it up
At the end of the month, the Orioles got over the .500 hump. Rolling into Chicago to take on the Chicago White Sox, the Orioles won the first three games, dropping the fourth. It was still good for a series win, improving their record to 13-10 on the month, thanks to some timely hitting and critical defensive plays.
Riding the high from the White Sox series into Seattle, the Baltimore Orioles offense hit back-to-back homers on two separate occasions on Monday night, rolling to a 9-2 victory and a 14-10 month, securing their first winning month since August of 2017, even if they end up completely chunking the rest of the month.
While the Baltimore Orioles still have a good deal of time with their rebuild not fully finished, it’s a positive sign for the rebuild and the team’s future as a whole. They have clear strengths and weaknesses and are playing good baseball as of late. There is a light at the end of the tunnel, Orioles nation.