Hunter Harvey

Can the Orioles win without Machado? Not without a trade that restocks rotation

Can the Orioles win without Machado? Not without a trade that restocks rotation

Looking back at the Orioles’ success over the past six years, the team’s high-water mark actually occurred without Manny Machado in the lineup.

For the last seven weeks of the 2014 regular season, the Orioles wrapped up their first division title since 1997 while Machado was out after deciding to undergo surgery on his right knee.

The Orioles were already well-positioned to win the American League East that season when Machado swung at a pitch on Aug. 11 against the New York Yankees and crumbled to the ground. It ended up being his final game of the season, and came at a point when the Orioles led the Toronto Blue Jays by six games and the Yankees by seven. Even without...

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