As we head into the second week of August the American League Playoff picture continues to heat up. The big debate taking place is which of these AL clubs have what it takes to take the AL Title in 2016? Currently at least seven teams are good enough to fight their way into that position.
This past week alone has been a very busy one for the AL clubs as we saw a number of moves made before the MLB trade deadline. Along with the player movements this week we saw a two team battle for 1st place in the AL East over last weekend between the Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays. Then just a few days later the Orioles battle the first place Texas Rangers for the best record in the American League with the Rangers leaving Camden Yards holding onto that slot.
In the end the team we think will win the American League Title is the Baltimore Orioles. One of the biggest keys to this team over the past few seasons has been the way they have all came together as a family in the locker room that has also translated on the diamond. Along with the chemistry this team has one of the best power lineups in all of baseball as well as a few young studs emerging in their rotation.
Now here are a few of the other key reasons why the Baltimore Orioles will win the American League Championship in 2016
Camden Yards: Now we know that Camden Yards won’t help them play on the field but it will help them put wins up in the win column. All the Orioles do at home this year is win, they currently have the most wins of all 30 clubs with 39 on the year. Add in home field advantage throughout the AL playoffs and the Orioles could be on their way to their 4th World Series title.
Top To Bottom Lineup: This team might have the best all around lineups from one to nine in baseball starting with Adam Jones in the one hole. Jones who had struggled early on was moved up a few spots and the numbers started to come alive much like we saw from a former Oriole Nick Markakis a few seasons back. Currently the Orioles have four guys with at least 21 home runs followed by three other players with double digits while five players have drove in at least 59 runs. The team also just added Steve Pearce who also has 10 home runs on the year before the deadline Monday.
Back End Of The Bullpen: When you have a great back end of the bullpen like the Orioles you don’t need that top tier rotation you only need a starter to get you to the sixth inning. Overall the Orioles bullpen ranks first in the AL in overall earned run average at 3.05 on the year. Looking a little deep their potential 7th (Brad Brach), 8th (Darren O’Day) and 9th (Zach Britton) arms have combined to post just a 1.40 earned run average. This type of bullpen helped the Kansas City Royals to the AL and World Series titles last season.