Tuesday night, the Orioles won their fourth straight one-run game of the 2013 season. After dropping their first three, the O’s are now 4-3 in games decided by one-run. If Matt Wieters would have just hit a sac fly instead of a walk off grand slam against the Rays last week, the Birds would be 5-3. Show off.
Amazingly, the Orioles have now won 100 straight regular season games when leading after the seventh inning. Small sample size? Luck? Unsustainable?
How about a good bullpen?
Closer Jim Johnson hasn’t allowed an earned run in 11 innings pitched this season. Neither has Brian Matusz in his 7 2/3 innings. Darren O’Day has a 0.90 ERA and 0.70 WHIP in ten appearances while Troy Patton has a 1.35 ERA and 1.05 WHIP over 6 2/3 innings of work.
These guys are the real deal.
Before I read this article I wondered how the closer who had not allowed an earned run in forever could self destruct with two outs and nobody on in a game the Jays wanted to give the O’s. Somethings that are obvious you just smile (even if it’s on the inside) and move on. No need to say out loud the obvious in an attempt to make believers out of those who cannot believe and no need to jinx what was. Superstitious, you betcha. Maybe change it up and write about how great teams on the west coast are playing.
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