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Believe it or not, O's close to exceeding some expectations

Last night's Orioles rout over Cleveland, 14-3, may have little meaning outside of a mildly  promising outing by pitcher Garrett Olson and the fattening of some offensive statistics, including those of Aubrey Huff who hit a grand slam home run in the sixth inning.  But, in a way, it moved the Orioles to within one win of being able to say that they exceeded someone's expectations in 2008, despite the fact that they just endured an eight-game losing streak and are 14 games under .500.

The victory put the Orioles' record at 64-78.  Before the season started, Las Vegas oddsmakers had put Baltimore's over-under number for total wins at 64.5.  So when the Orioles win their next game (assuming it's soon), they would become only the sixth team in the majors to beat their predicted over-under mark so far. There are three weeks left in the season.

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The super-overachievers, naturally, are the Tampa Bay Rays.  Their over-under was 75 and they are at 85 wins already.  The others to top their over-under to date are Florida, Houston, Minnesota and St. Louis.  Teams that have been huge disappointments with no chance of hitting their predicted over-under include Seattle, Atlanta, Colorado, San Diego and even Washington.


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