Nobody has spent more time over the past few weeks telling you not to read too much into the Orioles' early spurt. We've seen this kind of thing before and then watched as the club tumbled back to the bottom of the standings.
That may happen again this year, but it's pretty apparent that this team is better than the one that woke up for a few weeks at the end of the 2011 season. How much better remains to be seen -- and you can be sure there will be some disappointments ahead -- but that doesn't mean that the way they have played over the first month of the season doesn't mean anything.
More specifically, it doesn't mean that you should just wave off what has happened over the last week because the Yankees and Red Sox have been banged up and aren't their usual dominant selves.
Winning back-to-back series in New York and Boston is actually a pretty big deal for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that this is still a fairly young team that is building confidence with each happy circumstance. The Yankees and Red Sox are not what they were in the early 2000s, but they will always be the teams that the Orioles measure themselves against...and the O's have measured up very well against them this year. Even during the disappointing three-game sweep the Yankees pulled off at Camden Yards last month, it was obvious that the Orioles were much more competitive.
So, just go with it for awhile. The Orioles clearly believe they can win, so you might as well believe it too.
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