The curtain is down at Camden Yards and it’s pretty dark here in the bar.
The Orioles season is completed -- an 85-77 record and a third-place tie with the New York Yankees in the American League East.
Frankly, that’s not far from what I anticipated. In March, I predicted they would win between 85 and 87 games and miss the playoffs. My official prediction was 87-75, second place in the AL East, and no postseason berth.
Given that assessment, I figured I would grade the Orioles season as a C+ -- slightly better than average. Compared to 2012, it was a D; compared to 1998 to 2010, it was an A.
My overall assessment is that this is a good team with a strong core and a great defense. But it needs starting pitching that goes deeper, some offensive players who can do more than homer and strikeout and a bullpen that has to be more consistent, especially in the late innings.
Unless it gets some players that can get on base when the homers dry up and a rotation that doesn’t drain the bullpen, it’s going to be what it is: a solid team but not World Series bound.
We’ll have plenty of time to talk about what needs to happen this offseason, but I just want your grade today on the Orioles’ 2013 season.
I could be talked into a B- or a straight C, but I’m pretty set on the C+. It’s a little better than average, but not as good as it could have been or as good as the Orioles players and staff wanted it to be.
What’s your take?
Daily Think Special: Grade the Orioles’ 2013 season.