I pretty much check the odds for each and every Orioles game because it gives me a good idea of the pitcher they are going against and their general chances of winning that night. Even though the Orioles have been doing very well this season with a record of 29-19, I noticed that it seemed like almost every night they were the underdogs. So I did a little investigating (and by a little I mean a very little). I went on to one of the more popular sports books and checked the log of every single game to see how many our 1st place O’s have been favored in. Prior to this series against the Royals we had played 45 games and have been favored in a grand total of 8 of them. Thats not a typo. We had been favored in 8 out of 45 games prior to this weekends series. I am not even really sure what to think about this.
It’s funny because usually the odds makers in Vegas are the best at predicting these things but even they couldn’t see how well the Orioles could have done thus far. I mean I understand there are a lot of variables that go into this: 1. The Orioles were never expected to play nearly this well. 2. The O’s are probably playing over their head still. 3. They played a very tough early season schedule. But still it is shocking that the team leading the American League East would only be favored in like 17% of their games thus far. You would think that eventually the odds makers would gain some sort of respect for the O’s after their hot start that they have sustained but they continue to doubt our home town squad. Interestingly enough the O’s were only 4-4 in the 8 games that they were favored while going an incredible 24-13 in games where they were the underdogs. Obviously it doesn’t really matter if the O’s are favorites or dogs but lets just hope that they keep bucking the trend.