Friday night, the Baltimore Orioles won their 90th game of the season, cut their magic number to three and pushed their run differential to +7.
Only two of those stats actually matter.
If you’re searching for the one that doesn’t, it’s run differential, the statistic that MLB.com omits from their standings as it actually has no actual bearing on where a team finishes after game 162. Somehow though, the number of runs that the Orioles have scored has seemingly become a bigger story throughout this season than the fact that they are steamrolling their opponents.
Not any more.
If you take those two teams out, the Birds now have a +70 run differential on the season.
Maybe it’s not luck after all.