Once upon a time, the Baltimore Orioles were the gold standard of Major League Baseball. Under manager Earl Weaver in the late 1960’s all the way through the 1970s the O’s were an American League powerhouse. Weaver led the Orioles to four World Series, winning one in 1970. Most important of all Baltimore was among the most respected teams on the baseball betting board. For a brief period, modern fans got to relive the experience. Manager Buck Showalter led the O’s to three playoff berths between 2012 through 2016. Since then Baltimore management has gutted the roster.
2020 Baltimore Orioles
2020 Baltimore Orioles Overview
Last year the Orioles finished an abysmal 54-108 for first-year manager Brandon Hyde, who replaced Showalter. It was the second consecutive season in which the Orioles suffered well over 100 offshore betting losses. Gamblers were again drenched in red ink, although nowhere near the level that they were in 2018. Many sharps avoided laying big money against the O’s as a single loss could have sent bankrolls back for several weeks. By reason of consistent losing, the Orioles last turned a profit in 2016. Baltimore has finished in the red four of the last five seasons.
Brandon Hyde and Mike Elias
There was nowhere for Brandon to “Hyde” last year in a brutally tough assignment for a first-year skipper. Hyde was hired based in large part to his connection to Joe Maddon and the Chicago Cubs. Maddon is considered to be the best manager in the game and Hyde was a coach under him. In the same way, general manager Mike Elias was hired due to his roles in the successful St. Louis and Houston organizations. Elias is also all-in when it comes to the current analytics craze that has swept the game.
Left-hand starter John Means is expected to anchor the rotation this season. Certainly, Means was one of the lone bright spots in what was a dismal Orioles season. To show Means was 12-11 with a 3.60 earned run average and WHIP of 1.22. As a result, he was a 2019 American League All-Star. And was also named to the Baseball America All-Rookie team.
Leading the pack as favorite to remain Baltimore’s closer is Mychal Givens. Consider he saved 11 games last year on one of baseball’s worst teams. Givens was 2-6 with a 4.57 earned run average and a WHIP of 1.19. While those are not the greatest numbers 86 strikeouts in 63 innings garner attention.
Designated hitter Renato Nunez is coming off a breakout season that offers hope for Orioles backers. To illuminate, Nunez produced 72 runs with 24 doubles, 31 home runs, 90 runs batted, a .244 average, .460 slugging percentage, and .771 OPS. It was his first season as a Big League regular and he made the most of it.
Baseball Odds Today Betting Odd Picks
In this situation, Baltimore has the baseball betting disadvantage of playing in the mercilessly tough American League East. The Yankees, Red Sox, and Rays will take no prisoners. Overall the Orioles may be better than their record will indicate
Baseball Odds Today Betting Online Pick: Baltimore Orioles to avoid 100 losses for 2020.