Orioles Upset Cubs to Hit .500 Mark For the First Time Since 2017

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  • The Baltimore Orioles defeated the Chicago Cubs 4-2 as +108 Moneyline underdogs on Tuesday night.
  • Baltimore has now won nine consecutive games and is at the .500 mark this late in the season for the first time since 2017.
  • A $10 ML bet on the Orioles with winnings rolled over during their 9-game run would be worth $2,651.36 right now.

The Baltimore Orioles are a .500 team. Yes, that is not a typo.

Baltimore rallied from a 0-2 deficit in the second inning to beat the Chicago Cubs 4-2 on Tuesday night to increase their winning streak to nine games, their longest single-season winning streak since September 1999.

The victory moved the Orioles to 44-44 on the season or right at the .500 mark. That’s the first time that the Orioles have been there since sometime five years ago.

For the First Time Since 2017

The Orioles have been such a bad team that the last time they saw the .500 mark was on September 9, 2017, when they were 71-71. The Orioles finished that campaign with a 75-87 mark and after that year, they never had a season where they won more than 54 games.

Last season, Baltimore won only 52 games and claimed baseball’s worst record. Now they are only the 4th team since 1900 to win 9 straight games the season after finishing with the worst record in MLB, joining the 1902 Browns, 1993 Dodgers, and 2001 Cubs. Last campaign, the Orioles did not pick up their 44th win until regular season game number 137. Now they’ve accomplished that same milestone in 49 fewer games played and before the All-Star Break.

With Baltimore improving to 44-44 on the season, there are a total of nine teams in the American League that have a winning percentage of .500 or better, including all five teams from the AL East. Baltimore is currently 17.5 games behind the Yankees in the division standings. However, the Orioles are just 2 games off the second wild card spot in the AL, which means that their playoff chances are alive and well.

Most Profitable Team in MLB

Aside from being in playoff contention this late in the season, the Orioles are also the most profitable team in baseball right now. Prior to Tuesday’s games, online sportsbook BetMGM reported that Baltimore’s +13,0 units are the best in the entire MLB, even better than the league-leading New York Yankes’ +10.4 units.

During their current nine-game winning run, the Orioles have been a very profitable team for Moneyline bettors. According to the Caesars Sportsbook, if a bettor wagered $10 on the Orioles and rolled over his winnings during their current winning streak, that bettor would be up $2,651.35 right now.

It remains to be seen if the Orioles can keep up being this profitable just as it remains to be seen if they will be able to end their five-year postseason drought. However, this is the best we’ve seen the Orioles play after the midway point of a regular season in the last five years. Let’s just enjoy that for now.

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Shane Acedera / Author

Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit's Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn't busy jotting down his thoughts, he's just chillin' at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher. He recently added a new family member, adopting a handsome retired K-9 named Ranger.

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