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Are The Orioles Going To The World Series 2023?

By Roshan Khatiwada / 2 October 2023 12:01 PM

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Orioles World Series 2023 chances are great as they finished with the best record in the American League. This is their first playoff appearance since 2016.

The Baltimore team competes in the American League East Division of Major League Baseball. They are one of the eight founding members of the league.

The franchise was established in 1894 as the Milwaukee Brewers before moving to St. Louis in 1901 and becoming the St. Louis Browns. After spending 51 years in St. Louis, they moved to Baltimore and have been known as the Baltimore Orioles.

They have won ten AL East Division titles, seven AL pennants, and three World Series titles in their history, with their last Fall Classic win coming during the 1983 season.

Baltimore finished the 2023 regular season with a record of 101-61, winning the division and finishing with their best record since 1979.

Orioles World Series Chances In 2023

The Baltimore Orioles chances to reach the 2023 MLB World Series are great. They have the third-best odds of winning the Fall Classic tournament.

Orioles odds to win World Series are +700, which is only bettered by +450 of the Los Angeles Dodgers and +330 of the Atlanta Braves. However, both the Dodgers and the Braves are from the National League, making the Orioles the favorites to make it to the Fall Classic from the American League.

As the winners of their division, the Orioles have directly qualified for the Division Series. They will face the winners of the Wild Card series between the Texas Rangers and the Tampa Bay Rays.

Last time Orioles won AL East was during the 2014 season. They finished the campaign with a 96-66 record, twelve games ahead of the Yankees in the second position.

Orioles AL East champions faced the Rangers six times during the 2023 season and are tied at 3-3. But the last game they played was on May 28, and there have been a lot of changes in the roster and form of the two sides.

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Similarly, the Baltimore side has faced the Bay Rays thirteen times this campaign, winning on eight occasions. They last played each other on September 17, where the Orioles won the game 5-4 in eleven innings and clinched a playoff spot.

The Division Series is a best-of-five format, with the first team to three wins advancing to the Championship Series. The Orioles will have a home advantage in the series, with three games taking place at their home ground, the Orioles Park at Camden Yards.

However, Baltimore has been great away from home throughout the season and has the tied-best away record in the entire league. The Division Series will start on October 7, with Game 5 (if necessary) taking place on October 13.

Their possible opponents in the American League Championship Series are the Houston Astros, Minnesota Twins, and the Toronto Blue Jays. The Astros won the AL West and had the second-best record among the Division winners, thus directly advancing to the ALDS.

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On the other hand, the Rangers and the Blue Jays will face each other in the best-of-three American League Wild Card Series, starting on October 3. The Astros and the Orioles played two series in the 2023 regular season, each winning one and finishing with a 3-3 record.

The Orioles have a winning record against the other two teams. They played the Twins twice, sweeping them once in an away series and finishing with a 4-2 record against the franchise.

The Blue Jays and the Orioles played four series throughout the 2023 campaign, with Baltimore winning all four convincingly. They lead the Canadian side with a 10-3 record.

All these factors suggest that the Orioles have the best chance of making it to the World Series from the American League. As they were the top side in the league, they will have the home-ground advantage in both the Division and Championship Series.

Further, Orioles playoff roster 2023 has some of the best players in the league who can help the team reach new heights. Kyle Gibson, Austin Hays, Adley Rutschman, and Gunnar Henderson are some of those athletes.

When Was The Orioles Last World Series Win?

Baltimore Orioles last World Series win was during the 1983 campaign. They defeated the Philadelphia Phillies in five games to claim their third title.

The team finished the season with the second-best record of 98-64 in Major League Baseball and winning the American League East Division. It was the seventh Division title in franchise history for the baseball team from Baltimore.

During that era, the American and National League was divided into only East and West regions. Only the two teams who finish at the top of their respective divisions from each league qualified for the playoffs.

The Orioles, led by Joe Altobelli in his first year, were among the best teams of the regular season. They finished with the most home runs in the AL, the best OBP, and the second-best in walks, doubles, and runs.

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They won AL East six games over the Detroit Tigers and faced the Chicago White Sox in the American League Championship Series. The Orioles defeated the White Sox in four games to make their second World Series appearance in the last five years.

The Chicago side took the first game of the series on the road after the White Sox starting pitcher LaMarr Hoyt pitched a near-complete shutout game. But the Orioles came back, defeating the White Sox 4-0 to even the series.

Baltimore went on to win the next two games, including a ten-run blowout win in Game 3. The extra-inning 3-0 win against the Chicago White Sox in Game 4 won them the series and their seventh American League pennant.

They faced the Phillies in the Fall Classic event, the third Maryland-Pennsylvania matchup in the World Series. The previous two matchups featured the Orioles, where they lost to the Pirates in seven games on both occasions.

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Baltimore defeated the Phillies in five games to claim their third World Series title, their last one to date. The Philadelphia team stole Game 1 in Baltimore with a 2-1 win.

Just like in the Championship Series, the Orioles bounced back by winning four games in a trot and their third World Series title. It was the last postseason series to be played at Memorial Stadium, the former ballpark of the Orioles.

Baltimore was the first visiting team to win Games 3, 4, and 5 of the Fall Classic since 1961 New York Yankees. The Orioles have not appeared in the World Series since winning it in 1983.

Baltimore Orioles World Series Appearances

Orioles World Series appearances as of the 2023 MLB season are seven. They last appeared in the Fall Classic tournament during the 1983 campaign.

Their first World Series appearance was during the 1944 season when they were known as the St. Louis Browns. They finished the year with an 89-65 record, the best in the American League, and qualified for the Fall Classic tournament.

They faced the St. Louis Cardinals in the event, losing the series in six games. The 1944 campaign was the first time the franchise made it past the regular season after missing the postseason for the first 43 years of its establishment.

After their first postseason appearance, the franchise has to wait another twenty-one years before making it to the stage. They made their second World Series appearance in 1966 after winning the league with a 97-63 record.

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The Orioles swept the Los Angeles Dodgers in the best-of-seven tournament and claimed their first World Series title. In the next five seasons, Baltimore made it past the regular season thrice, winning in 1970 and losing in 1969 and 1971.

The 1969 playoffs were the first for the franchise after the leagues were divided into two divisions, East and West. They won the AL East with a 109-53 record, the best in the entire MLB.

Baltimore swept the Twins in the best-of-three Championship Series and defeated the New York Mets in five games to claim their second World Series trophy. After making four Fall Classic appearances from 1966 to 1977, the franchise failed to qualify for the playoffs for seven consecutive years.

They again made it to the postseason during the 1979 season and went on to make their sixth World Series appearance by defeating the California Angels in the ALCS. They faced the Pirates in the Fall Classic tournament and had a 3-1 lead after the first four matches. 

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However, the Orioles failed to put the series to bed and went on to lose the next three games, eventually losing the Fall Classic. They made their last appearance at the event in 1983, when they won their third title after defeating the Phillies.

After winning the title in 1983, the franchise has not been able to reach the World Series. In the forty years since, they have made it past the regular season on only six occasions, including the ongoing 2023 season.

Orioles record last 10 years has them making it past the regular season only thrice including this season. If Baltimore manages to make it past the ALDS and ALCS this year, it will be the eighth appearance for the franchise in the Fall Classic.

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