The Orioles are 1-1 through their first two games of the 2014 season. They have their first series rubber match tonight against the Boston Red Sox at Camden Yards.
There are 160 more games to play, and I want to know how many you think the Orioles are going to win.
Actually, I want to know how many total -- of 162, that is -- that these Birds win in 2014. (Sue me for being two days late on this. It’s always busy in here during Opening week. Complain again, and I’ll only serve the guy next to you.)
For historical perspective, the Orioles won 85 last year, 93 in 2012 and about 14 total in the previous 14 seasons (OK, I might be slightly off there, but it felt like 14).
Around this barroom, I’m not exactly considered the most optimistic Orioles writer. And yet I predicted these Orioles would win 91 games, finish third in the fierce American League East and get the second wild card (along with the Red Sox; I have the Tampa Bay Rays winning the division). Last year I said they’d win 84, and I was one off. The year before that I predicted 69 wins and was, well, considerably wrong.
I’m squarely in the middle of my Baltimore Sun baseball colleagues when it comes to this year’s prognostication. Eduardo A. Encina has the Orioles winning 90 games, finishing third and missing the playoffs. Peter Schmuck has them winning 92 games, placing second in the division and securing a wild card.
What do you say? I want you to predict number of wins, where the Orioles place in the AL East, and if they make the postseason.
Daily Think Special: How many games will the Orioles win in 2014, where will they finish and will they make the postseason?