The last time we visited the models, it was the All Star Break. They stood 4.5 games back of the division leading Red Sox and 1 game behind the Texas Rangers for the second Wild Card. Almost two months later and the Red Sox have added another 4.5 games to their lead over the Orioles. Baltimore also finds themselves now 2 games behind the second Wild Card, now occupied by the Tampa Bay Rays. In other words, the team with its additions of Bud Norris, Scott Feldman, Francisco Rodriguez, and Mike Morse have tread water. Treading water is not a bad thing, but the team needs to excel over the next three weeks in order to see post season baseball.
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What do the projections say?
As the season winds down, all of the projection models are settling on the high 80s as the Orioles’ final resting point. This has been the average projection for the club since April 29th this year.
How does fWAR see things in general?
For the American League:
For the NL: