Unfortunately, after making a bad deal, Orioles manager Brandon Hyde was suspended for a month.

Nearly three months have passed but the sting hasn’t quite gone away for the Baltimore Orioles.

The Orioles had 101 wins this year, good enough for their American League East title since 2014. Baltimore also had the best record in the AL, giving it a bye into the Division Series round and what would have been homefield advantage throughout the AL playoffs.

However, the Orioles were swept in three games in the ALDS by the Texas Rangers, who went on to win the World Series. Thus, a special season with Baltimore ended very quickly.

“I think that there’s still a lot of disappointment,” Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said. “And I’m really proud of our season, I don’t want to take that for granted. To win our division, to win over 100 games, to have the individual performances and team performances that we had, it says a lot about our roster and our guys and how we have some really good players. But you do that, and then you fall short like we did, that takes a while to go away. So, it hasn’t gone away for me yet.”

The Orioles began a massive rebuild in 2019 when Mike Elias took over as general manager and hired Hyde, who had been the Chicago Cubs’ bench coach, following a 115-loss season the year before.

The Orioles lost 108 games in 2019 and 2021 sandwiched around a 25-35 record during the pandemic-shortened season. In 2022, the Orioles had a 31-win improvement when they went 83-79 then won 18 more games last season.

Yet the Orioles looked overwhelmed against the Rangers, like a young team experiencing stage fright.

Of the four teams that drew byes into an LDS, three were knocked out in that round. The only team that survived was the Houston Astros and they were eliminated by Rangers in the American League Championship Series.

Hyde, like many managers, does not like the five-day layoff that comes with having one of the two best records in both leagues. However, he didn’t blame his team’s October dud strictly on the downtime. The Orioles were just 11-10 in their last 21 regular-season games.

 

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