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A Tale of Two Teams

Orioles Get Set for Marlins

June 15, 2018 - 11:31 am

By Austin Medina

The Orioles are happy to put the Red Sox series behind them after a convincing sweep from Boston.

The O’s next opponent are the Miami Marlins, who overhauled their team in the offseason. The Marlins traded star players in Giancarlo Stanton, Dee Gordon, Christian Yelich, and Marcell Ozuna.

The Marlins have a few more players ready to be traded in catcher J.T. Realmuto and closer Kyle Barraclough.

This overhaul should be noted for two reasons.

Firstly the Orioles have a worse record than the Marlins. Actually they have the worst record in the majors. Mind you, the Orioles didn’t trade their valuable pieces like Miami did. The Marlins currently stand at 26-43, which is somehow better than Baltimore.

This leads to the second reason. The Orioles should have traded their valuable pieces and planned for a rebuild prior to the 2018 season. At least the Marlins embraced “tanking” this season whereas the ever so stubborn Orioles held on to whatever talent they had. Trading away Manny Machado would have been the first step and now he looks to be leaving in free agency after the season, for nothing.

The matchup is between two teams who had different goals going into the 2018 season. Both teams have lost, and lost a lot. However for the Marlins, this is consistent with their plan. The Orioles are losing at a higher rate and it’s not what they wanted.