Baltimore Orioles: mlb FUTURES & BETTING ODDS
BALTIMORE ORIOLES 2021 OUTLOOK
The Orioles have a young corps and are trending in the right direction, but in an American League East that has three solid playoff contenders, it will be hard for the Orioles to show upward mobility in 2021, but they have improved their winning percentage from .290 in 2018 to .333 in 2019 and then .417 in 2020.
Expect more trades, high draft picks, and development in the farm system to bring more young players along over the next couple of seasons in hopes of having a playoff contender by then. Adley Rutschman is baseball's top catching prospect in the minors and Baltimore also has control of Heston Kjerstad, who was the No. 3 overall pick in last June's MLB draft. We could see them up by the end of the year or having a shot to make the team in 2022.
Brandon Hyde took over for longtime Orioles manager Buck Showalter in 2019. This is his third full season at the helm in Baltimore.
2021 Featured Players
The Orioles lineup is full of youngsters, and they will likely be fielding a lineup of players exclusively under the age of 30. Left fielder Anthony Santander is being eyed for big things this season, as he was leading the American League in extra base hits before an injury ended his 2020 season abruptly. Trey Mancini was a monster in 2019 but missed last season due to a colon cancer diagnosis. He's back and ready to resume his career now that he has his health.
On the mound, the O's are betting on John Means returning to his 2019 All-Star form to lead the rotation. Alex Cobb's sinker was his bread-and-butter pitch, but he got hammered last year with that pitch, so we'll see what he can bring to the table this year. Baltimore also has high hopes for Keegan Akin, who was called up in August last year and struck out 35 batters in 26 innings. Hunter Harvey and Tanner Scott will likely be in most of the high-leverage situations out of the bullpen, as both youngsters have good stuff, but we'll see how they fare when faced with a full-season workload.
Bet on the Baltimore Orioles! Baltimore Orioles Odds for 2021
The Baltimore Orioles odds are the definition of longshot. A bet on the Baltimore Orioles to win the World Series is at +10000 (100/1). Those aren't the longest odds in the league, but it's close. Odds for the Orioles to win the American League pennant stand at 40 to 1, and a bet on the Orioles to win the American League East will payout with 66/1 odds.
Orioles Logo, Uniform & Stadium History
Despite the large rebuild Baltimore is going through, the franchise has enjoyed quite a bit of success over the years, despite not appearing in or winning a World Series in close to 40 years. Earl Weaver won nearly 1,500 games managing the O's for much of their glory period between 1966-83, when the team reached six World Series and won three. Hall of Famers who played in Baltimore include Frank Robinson, Brooks Robinson, Eddie Murray, pitcher Jim Palmer, and Cal Ripken, who holds the MLB record for consecutive games played with 2,632 and was a 19-time All-Star. In recent years, the Orioles won the AL East in 2014 and earned wild card berths in 2012 and 2016 under manager Buck Showalter.
Baltimore's stadium, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, opened in 1992 and was a major influence in the boom of new retro-style ballparks that were built over the next two decades. Prior to that, they played at Memorial Stadium, a venue they shared with the Baltimore Colts of the National Football League.
The Orioles uniforms have largely remained unchanged for decades. A black and white cap with the famous orange Oriole adorns the front of the hat along with an orange bill. Home uniforms are all white with "Orioles" script in orange across the front. The road greys have the word "Baltimore" in orange across the front of the jersey. Alternate jerseys include orange and black tops with all black hats.
2020 Record: 25-35, Fourth Place in American League East