2024 Baltimore Orioles

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2024 Baltimore Orioles / Franchise: Baltimore Orioles / BR Team Page[edit]

Record: , Finished in AL Eastern Division (2024 AL)

Managed by Brandon Hyde

Coaches: Grant Anders, Cody Asche, Matt Borgschulte, Tim Cossins, Drew French, Ryan Fuller, Fredi Gonzalez, José Hernández, Ryan Klimek, Tony Mansolino, Mitch Plassmeyer and Anthony Sanders

Ballpark: Oriole Park at Camden Yards

History, Comments, Contributions[edit]

After posting the best record in the American League in 2023 but making a quick exit from the postseason, the 2024 Baltimore Orioles wanted to prove that they were not flukes and truly one of the powers of the game. One of the early signs of this was that they decided to send the 2023 Minor League Player of the Year, Jackson Holliday, back to the minors after he had clearly demonstrated that he was ready for the Show with a superlative performance in spring training. The Orioles were so laden with talented young players that they could afford to do this. They quickly showed that they meant business by starting off the year with two decisive wins: on Opening Day, March 28th, they defeated the Los Angeles Angels, 11-3, behind a superlative performance by Corbin Burnes, their new pitching ace acquired in a big off-season trade, in which the O's leveraged some of their surplus young talent to acquire one of the top starting pitchers in the game. Burnes gave up just on hit in 6 innings, while striking out 11. In their second game against those same Angels on March 30th, they romped to 13-4 behind home grown pitcher Grayson Rodriguez, who gave up one run in 6 innings while striking out 9. In both cases, the run they allowed came on solo homers, by Mike Trout and Taylor Ward, respectively. The Orioles had never scored 11 or more runs in back-to-back games to open a season, with Anthony Santander homering in both contests, while 2023 Rookie of the Year Gunnar Henderson went 3 for 4 with a homer and a triple in the second game.

The Orioles had gone the entire 2023 season without being swept in a series even once - discounting the postseason, obviously. In fact, the last time it had happened was back in May of 2022, when the Detroit Tigers had turned the trick, before catcher Adley Rutschman had even made his major league debut. The streak almost ended at home on May 15th, after the Toronto Blue Jays had won the series opener in extra innings tow days earlier, the second game had been rained out, and the Jays were leading the final game, 2-1, heading into the bottom of the 9th. But the Orioles managed to pull out a spectacular win against closer Jordan Romano when Rutschman parked a ball just on top of the right field wall with a runner on base for a 3-2 win. With 105 consecutive series, it was now the third longest such streak in major league history, 19 behind the 124 of the 1942-1944 St. Louis Cardinals. For all that, the O's were in second place at that point, in a neck-and-neck race with the New York Yankees. They finally did get swept in a series on May 20-22, when they lost three games to the last-place St. Louis Cardinals, bringing the streak to an end after 106 series.

Awards and Honors[edit]

Further Reading[edit]

  • Dawn Klemish: "O's set rotation, plus other key '24 decisions", mlb.com, March 21, 2024. [1]
  • Jake Rill: "Stats and figures behind Baltimore's historic start to the season", mlb.com, March 30, 2024. [2]
  • Jake Rill: "Rutschman's walk-off HR keeps O's sweepless streak alive: Baltimore extends its regular-season sweepless streak to 105 straight series", mlb.com, May 15, 2024. [3]