By Everett Cook
The Baltimore Sun
12:12 PM EDT, August 20, 2012
Here's roundup of what national media are saying about the Orioles:
** ESPN.com weighs in on the Orioles' 3-2 win over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday, and a rotation that is plugging holes left and right. The latest rotation surprise was Zach Britton, who pitched seven shutout innings Saturday after being promoted from Triple-A Norfolk earlier in the day.
The Orioles are the team that won’t go away. For months now, they’ve been predicted to, expected to, and they have no end of excuses for why they’re supposed to be long since out of the expanded wild-card picture already. Injuries, run differential, relative anonymity plus generally underwhelming performances from most of the people you have heard of -- the Orioles are supposed to be goners.
They aren’t gone, but they might be going places. On Saturday, it was Zach Britton’s bend-don’t-break stylings that were their latest “that’s not really possible, is it?” feat. Seven shutout innings against the Tigers make for some sort of Saturday night special, not bad for the latest transient solution in Buck Showalter’s constantly fixed-up rotation.** Yahoo Sports' Contributor Network filed a blog on the value of Wei-Yin Chen, surprise players like Nate McLouthand the Orioles' upcoming series.
It is hard to say whether or not it is a case of him starting to tire out or if it is just a bad stretch, but with Jason Hammel still out I think Chen is still the key pitcher in the rotation that the Orioles will need to rely upon if they want to have a chance of making it into the playoffs this year.
** CBS.com takes a look at how successful the Orioles have been in close games this year, statistically the best in major league history since the 1954 Indians.If it's close, they win, at a rate unheard of for more than half a century.
With their 7-5 win over the Tigers on Sunday, the Orioles improved to 66-55 overall. But they also improved to 42-18 in games decided by one or two runs.
Yes, 42-18. The Orioles have won 70 percent of their close games.
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