It’s rare that one player can dramatically change the fortunes of a Major League Baseball team. There are just so many moving parts to the pitching, the offense, and the defense.
However, don’t tell that to Baltimore Orioles fans or folks at Maryland betting apps who have been wagering on them.
Since star second-year catcher Adley Rutschman joined the team on May 21, 2022, the Orioles have rocketed from a laughingstock to contender in the American League East.
Orioles Backers Making Money on Moneyline
And along with a vast improvement on the scoreboard and in the standings, the Orioles have been the runaway leaders in the moneyline standings in baseball.
Through Sunday, the Orioles have a .574 winning percentage since Rutschman joined the team last season.
That success has translated to an extraordinary profit for those riding the Orioles moneyline for Maryland sports betting.
In the Rutschman era, the Orioles are a combined plus-$3,206 calculating on $100 moneyline wagers. In 2023 alone, Baltimore is plus-$1,210 through Sunday. Last season, they finished plus-$2,717 in the moneyline standings for the season, though they were eight games under .500 when Rutschman joined the team.
Revival Started With Rutschman’s Arrival
In terms of wins and losses on the scoreboard, the Orioles are 112-83 since the switch-hitting Rutschman joined the big-league roster last May. Baltimore’s astounding 2022 turnaround, when the team finished 83-79 in the AL East after being predicted to win fewer than 60 games, has carried over to 2023. This season, going into Monday’s games, the Orioles are 49-33.
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That’s all in contrast to what the baseball landscape was like in Baltimore prior to Rutschman. The Orioles were a combined 68-134 for the 2021 season (52-110) along with the month-plus of games in 2022 before he was called up.
The Orioles had a wretched four-year stretch from 2018 to 2021, with a 178-368 record (a .326 winning percentage). That led to a tear-down and rebuild of the franchise.
No. 1 Overall Pick Delivering
Rutschman is a pillar of that rebuild as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 baseball draft from Oregon State. At DraftKings Maryland, the Orioles are +2800 to win the World Series, which would be their first title since 1983.
Since his Major League call-up in May 2022, he has appeared in 192 games and started 183, either at catcher or as the designated hitter.
Individually, his career stats are solid with a .260 batting average, a .432 slugging percentage, 24 home runs and 77 RBIs.
But along with the offense he has provided, his composure and leadership behind the plate have given the Orioles the confidence that they can compete in the tough AL East.
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