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Comparing 2013 Orioles and Red Sox

Updated: Thursday, October 31 2013, 07:50 PM EDT

As we head into another offseason, it's a good time to reflect on where the Orioles went wrong this season compared to the World Series Champion Red Sox.


First, there is always luck involved. You could make the argument that former Oriole Koji Uehara was the Boston's MVP. He had a magnificent season as their closer, posting a 1.09 ERA with 101 strikeouts in 74.1 innings and only nine walks. Uehara would have never been closer unless Joel Hanrahan and Andrew Bailey didn't suffer season-ending injuries.


You also have to hit on some of your offseason acquisitions. They did that. Mike Napoli signed a one-year deal and hit 23 home runs while driving in 92 runs.


Shane Victorino inked a three-year $39 million contract and hit .294 while playing gold glove defense.


Jonny Gomes didn't have the quantitative impact as the other two players, but he started the "beard" theme that the club embraced and provided spark off the bench tying for the major-league lead in pinch-hit home runs.


The team also signed SS Stephen Drew, C David Ross and named John Farrell their manager.


Much like the 2012 Orioles, there was a culture change in Boston's clubhouse following the one-year Bobby Valentine experiment and the 2011 "Beer and Chicken" Red Sox.


Simply put, their moves worked and the Orioles' moves did not. The O's tried to keep the momentum from their 2012 improbable run to the playoffs going but they fell short in 2013.


There's a simple explanation: in 2012, the O's won one-run (29-9) and extra inning (16-2) games. In 2013, they were 11 games under .500 in one-run games (20-31) and 8-7 in extra innings.


With a relatively identical team for two years in a row, this is the offseason that Dan Duquette and Co. should look to supplement their strengths with affordable players who fit the "Buck Showalter" system.


The Red Sox didn't go crazy last offseason, they picked guys who added to depth on and off the field. That's the model the Orioles need to follow if they want to repeat 2012.

Comparing 2013 Orioles and Red Sox


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