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There are a few (crazy) people placing wagers on the Orioles to win the World Series in 2019

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There are a few (crazy) people placing wagers on the Orioles to win the World Series in 2019

After coming off one of the worst seasons in the history of baseball, there are still a few (crazy) people out there who are willing to back the Baltimore Orioles to win the World Series in 2019.

At William Hill Sportsbook in Nevada, New Jersey and West Virginia, there have been more bets placed on the O's to win their first World Series title since 1983 than 10 other Major League teams. 

After finishing the 2018 season 47-115, odds are as long as 2000-1 for the O's to turn it completely around in 2019. But on Monday, a $500 wager was placed on the team at 1,000-1 odds.

"I went in and expected to find two, maybe three of them," Erich Zimny, vice president of race and sports at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races in West Virginia said via ESPN. "I see 39 futures bets on the Orioles to win the World Series in amounts ranging from $2 to $50."

The SuperBook opened the Orioles' season win total at 59.5, the lowest season win total that SuperBook oddsmakers have ever opened on a team, according to ESPN. As of Wednesday, that number has gone down to 58.5. Since the MLB introduced a 162-game schedule, teams have won less than 59 games only 2.1 percent of the time, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

With a new manager, general manager and staples like Adam Jones and Manny Machado now over on the West Coast, you can see why the odds aren't in the Orioles' favor. Their 2018 season saw the Orioles send Zach Britton, Brad Brach, Darren O'Day, Kevin Gausman and Jonathan Schoop elsewhere as they quickly realized a complete rebuild was necessary. 

And as the Orioles look ahead to a fresh start in 2019, they're starting their season with designated hitter Mark Trumbo on the 60-day DL, and Alex Cobb, who was supposed to be their Opening Day starter, on the 10-day DL. 

While there are a few crazy kids out there who believe there's a chance, sixty percent of the money wagered on the odds for the most losses during the 2019 season belongs to the O's. 

Baltimore opens their season Thursday against the New York Yankees. 


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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: O's hit four home runs in blowout win over White Sox

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: O's hit four home runs in blowout win over White Sox

The Orioles won 9-1 behind Andrew Cashner and an explosive offense. It was just the second home win of the season for the Orioles. Here are the news and notes surrounding the team.



Outfielder Dwight Smith, Jr. made a nice grab near the fence early in the game to save a run, but his biggest moment was a three-run home run to extend the Orioles lead. It was his fifth home run of the season.

Andrew Cashner had a nice start, allowing just one run on five hits over seven strong innings. The Opening Day starter issued just one walk and struck out five. 

Chris Davis stayed hot, going 2-for-4 and hitting his first home run at Camden Yards this season. 


Ivan Nova had a brutal start Tuesday night, allowing nine runs and eleven hits over four innings. He allowed four home runs and issued three walks, while striking out just four hitters. broke out of his slump Monday night by crushing his 150th career home run in the 7th. It was part of his three-hit, 5 RBI night for the White Sox. 

Yoan Moncada continued his breakout season, going 2-for-4 out of the leadoff spot and scoring the only run of the night for the White Sox. 


RP Richard Bleier: Shoulder, 10-Day IL

SP Nate Karns: Arm, 10-Day IL

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-Day IL


Wednesday 4/24: White Sox @ Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards 

Friday 4/26: Orioles @ Twins, 8:10 p.m., Target Field

Saturday 4/27: Orioles @ Twins, 2:10 p.m., Target Field

Source: Rotoworld


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For the third time this season, the Orioles have put a position player on the mound


For the third time this season, the Orioles have put a position player on the mound

It is rarely a good situation when a team has a position player take the mound. Usually, it's because one team is losing by plenty of runs, and don't want to waste a bullpen arm on a game that has already been decided.

For the Orioles, a lot more has gone wrong than right thus far in 2019. They are 1-10 at home, and only two teams in all of baseball have a worse overall record.

On Monday, Baltimore was blown out by the Chicago White Sox, 12-2, behind three different four-run innings. With the game well in hand, the Orioles put catcher Jesus Sucre on the mound to pitch the ninth.

It's the third time Baltimore has used a position player to pitch this season. It's the second time in three days, as Chris Davis took the mound for the Orioles on Saturday. The 2019 season is just barely over three weeks old.

No matter how bad Baltimore was expected to be, this situation is never ideal.

Sucre did pitch a scoreless ninth, however. The next time the Orioles are in a lopsided game, don't be surprised if he takes the mound again.