Baltimore Orioles, 48-29
The 48-29 Baltimore Orioles look like the real deal this year. With a .623 winning percentage on the season, they have the third-best record in the majors and just keep on rolling. At 13-8 in June, they sit four games back in the division and have a robust six-game lead for the top Wild Card spot.
The Orioles are 6-4 over their last 10 games, most recently taking two of three from the Seattle Mariners. They also swept the hard-luck Kansas City Royals and took two of three from the San Francisco Giants earlier in the month. Despite losing their series against the Milwaukee Brewers and the Chicago Cubs, they split their two-game set in Tampa last week.
The Blue Jays got an up-close and personal look at their division rivals a couple of weeks ago and were only able to win one in their three-game series at Camden Yards.
It doesn't seem like the young Orioles are slowing down much as the dog days of summer approach. After a hot start, which saw them post the eighth-best team wOBA (.331) and score the sixth-most runs (147) through the end of April, their bats have just slightly cooled off in June. With an 11th-ranked .325 wOBA and 107 wRC+ this month, they are still producing at the plate but are 16th in runs scored, with 99.
On top of that, their pitching hasn't been anything spectacular. Since the calendar flipped to June, their staff is 19th in ERA (4.27), while their .319 wOBA against puts them 18th, right behind the Jays at .319.
With yet another top prospect, Jordan Westburg, added to their roster, the Orioles matchup against another team full of young, talented players this week when they host the upstart Cincinnati Reds for a three-game series. Jays fans can only hope that rookie Elly De La Cruz and veteran Joey Votto continue their exciting run while visiting Camden Yards.
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