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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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The most unbelievable catch of the Orioles' dismal season came in the team's final game

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The most unbelievable catch of the Orioles' dismal season came in the team's final game

It's not how you start, it's how you finish, and boy did Orioles right fielder Steve Wilkerson make sure the team went out with a bang against the Boston Red Sox.

Bottom of the eighth, game knotted at four, Jackie Bradley Jr. sent what seemed to be a moonshot to right field...

But what happens next is arguably the best catch of the entire MLB season. 

This catch by Wilkerson is nothing less than spectacular. Not only did he possess the focus to track the ball beyond the wall, but the athleticism to make the catch while almost tumbling over backwards into the crowd. 

This year may have been a huge let down for Baltimore, but here's to a bright spot heading into the offseason. 


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Orioles Roundup: Baltimore topples Blue Jays, 11-4

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Orioles Roundup: Baltimore topples Blue Jays, 11-4

The Orioles are now five games better than last season's woeful 47-115 record. While they continue to win meaningless games late in the season, their poor season won't go away. 

Player Notes:

Dylan Bundy gave up only two runs in seven innings pitched against the Blue Jays, bringing his season's ERA down to 4.79. 

Also, Trey Mancini went a perfect 5-5 in the Orioles win Tuesday night. He's now batting .373 against Toronto, hitting 25 of his 94 RBI this season against Toronto. Dwight Smith Jr. also impressed with a 3-4 showing, hitting a homer and three RBI of his own. 


OF Mason Williams, knee, out indefinitely

RP Hunter Harvey, biceps, sidelined, day-to-day

RP Josh Rogers, elbow, 60-Day IL, out indefinitely 

SP Alex Cobb, back, 60-Day IL, 2020

Coming Up: 

Wednesday, Sept. 25: Orioles at Toronto, 7:07 p.m. at Rogers Centre

Thursday, Sept. 26: Orioles at Boston, 7:10 p.m. at Fenway Park

Friday, Sept. 27: Orioles at Boston, 1:05 p.m. at Fenway Park