The Baltimore Orioles were one of the league’s biggest surprises last season as they crested 90 wins for the first time since 1997. Baltimore went on to win its Wild Card meeting with Texas before eventually falling 2-3 to the Yankees in the ALDS. Unfortunately for the Orioles, TheGreek.com is not expecting them to duplicate last season’s success. The offshore bookmaker has Baltimore listed at +5000 odds ($100 wins $5000) to win the Fall Classic in its 2013 World Series Odds and it is favored, at -140 odds, to win fewer than 78.5 games.
Orioles Skipper Buck Showalter somehow coaxed 93 wins out of club that featured a middling pitching staff (ranked 14th in the majors with a 3.90 team ERA) as well as a pedestrian lineup (the O’s 712 runs scored was 15th in the league).
Without any major offseason moves to bolster the roster, most pundits envision a step back for a team that, frankly, looked like an overachiever or, worse yet, an aberration.
Showalter’s presence in the dugout and solid performers in Matt Wieters, J.J. Hardy, and Adam Jones should prevent a complete drop off, though.
The Orioles are also hopeful that highly regarded pitching prospect Dylan Bundy in addition to hurlers Jason Hammel, Brian Matusz, and Tsuyoshi Wada allow the team to, once again, compete for the American League East crown (finished two games behind the first place Yankees last year).
2013 Baltimore Orioles World Series Odds: Provided by TheGreek.com
To Win World Series +5000 (17 of 30)
To Win American League East +850 (five of five)
To Win American League Pennant +2500 (10 of 15)
Regular Season Wins: Over 78.5 (+110), Under 78.5 (-140)
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