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Dwight Smith Jr. pokes fun at Orioles' low expectations at beginning of 2020 season

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Few of us thought the Orioles would be over .500 a quarter of the way into the 2020 season, even if it is a 60-game campaign. Some even thought they wouldn't win more than two games in that same span. 

Dwight Smith Jr. is here to let all of us know how we were wrong. 

On his Instagram story, Smith posted a screenshot of an ESPN story that didn't hold back in projecting Baltimore's win total for 2020.

"'In danger of starting the season 1-12,'" Smith wrote. "This is why you play the games kids and don't listen to the outside noise."

The 8-7 Orioles have been one of the biggest surprises during Major League Baseball's condensed 2020 campaign. They started out 2-3 against the Yankees and Red Sox to begin the year and then pulled off an impressive sweep of the Rays to follow.

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They then fell to 5-7 after a disappointing series against the Marlins but quickly rebounded with a sweep of the Nationals and a thrilling victory over the Phillies Tuesday night. They're well on their way to more than 20 wins, that's for sure. 

 

Pundits are still skeptical of the Orioles' staying power, including ESPN's Karl Ravech. But in a shortened season, anything can happen. If 2019 only lasted 50 games, the World Series champion Nationals wouldn't have even made the playoffs. 

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