Manny Machado homers in the ALDS for the Orioles against the Yankees
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Joe Sheehan of Sports Illustrated didn’t give Buck Showalter or the 2012 Baltimore Orioles any credit in his AL East Hot Stove preview column. “They weren’t a 93-win team, but rather, a .500 team that got a bit lucky,” Sheehan writes.

I just can’t understand the “luck” factor. Bad teams lose a lot of close games, but apparently “lucky” teams win them. It makes zero sense to me.

Sheehan adds that the Orioles need to target a third baseman and completely downplays Manny Machado’s success over the final two months of the season. “With the caveat that price and deal length matter, they could use Nick Swisher in leftfield, Kevin Youkilis at third base (with Manny Machado, somewhat overmatched, starting the year at Triple-A) or perhaps Marco Scutaro at second base.”

So the plan is for the “lucky” Orioles to sign a guy who hit .219/.306/.344 with 3 home runs and 8 RBI the final month of the season and start the 20 year old who hit .273/.313/.403 with 4 homers and 16 at Norfolk? And then they should sign a 37 year old to play second base?

If you say so.