The Baltimore Orioles: A Team on the Rise
The Baltimore Orioles have been a largely mediocre team for much of the franchise’s history, and in recent years their record can only be described as painful. But for their long-suffering loyal fans, there may be some good news on the horizon! All indications suggest their seemingly perpetual stint of bad luck is coming to an end as the team may be finally be coming into its own as an organization. Experts suggest that if you want Baltimore Orioles tickets cheap, you may want to get them now – especially season tickets. The seats which the stadium can’t fill now may be awfully pricey in a few short years!
How can we make this bold prediction? This is a team that hasn’t been hot since Ronald Reagan’s first term, after all. After being on fire throughout the late 60′s to early 80′s, the Orioles haven’t won a World Series title since 1983. For fourteen long years, from 1998 to 2011, the Orioles had an endless string of losing seasons. So why are they a team to watch in 2014?
The answer is simple: Talent on the field. All those rebuilding years have led to a roster of players, particularly on defense, that look poised to dominate the competition. In the outfield, for example, right fielder Nick Markakis and center fielder Adam Jones are among the best in the game, with both having almost perfect seasons in 2013. Pitcher Tommy Hunter, now the go-to late inning closer for the Orioles, had a 2013 earned run average of 2.81 and held right-handed batters to a miserly .141 batting average. Markakis, dominant in the outfield, is equally powerful at the plate – and more importantly, he is healthy this year, for the first time in a long time. Experts suggest he is guaranteed a 30 home run season. As for starting pitchers, newly signed phenom Ubaldo Jimenez was explosive in the second half of the 2013 season, and training camp scouts suggest he’s only gotten better.
In short, the Orioles are going to be good this year! How good? That’s anyone’s guess, but if you want Baltimore Orioles tickets cheap, I would definite get them now. If this amount of talent can pull together as a unit in 2014, the park will be full to capacity by the end of the summer. Baltimore is definitely a team on the rise, and after a long journey through the desert of losing seasons, it is really about time!