Five for Friday: Reasons to believe the Orioles' magic will continue
After flip-flopping their record last season, winning 93 games after losing 93 in 2011, the Orioles believe they will be contenders in the crowded A.L. East again this season. They appear to be in the minority, though, because many baseball analysts and number crunchers expect the Orioles to run out of magic in 2013. Maybe they will, but with Opening Day just a few days away, blogger and reporter Matt Vensel is feeling optimistic. In this week's Five for Friday, he gives five reasons to believe the magic will continue in 2013.
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1. The experience from last season, particularly in pressure-packed one-run games, should help.
The Orioles were historically great in one-run games a season ago, going 29-9, the best mark in baseball history. Are the Orioles going to be able to replicate that in 2013? It is highly unlikely. But their experiences from those tight games and the confidence they gained, especially from winning many meaningful games during the playoff push, has to linger this season, at least a little bit. The core of last year's team is back, and it will be less likely to crumble in critical spots after last season's successes.