By Kevin Cowherd
The Baltimore Sun
12:48 PM EDT, September 24, 2012
What some other media outlets are saying about the Orioles:
• David Schoenfield of ESPN.com lists the "miracle Baltimore Orioles" at No. 1 in his "10 games left, 10 things to watch" column:
"They won another game in extra innings over the weekend -- that's 16 in a row if you're counting -- to stay one game behind the Yankees. While their playoff odds are 91 percent entering the week, they haven't locked up anything, sitting one game ahead of the A's and 3.5 games ahead of the Angels in the wild-card race. But the Orioles are still thinking division title and their final 10 games begin with a seven-game homestand against Toronto and Boston before finishing at Tampa Bay.
Prediction: Orioles go 7-3 ... but fall one game short of the resilient Yankees, who also go 7-3 against the Twins, Blue Jays and Red Sox.
• Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan writes that in "this most backward of seasons," the Orioles are practically a shoo-in for the playoffs:
The good: THE ORIOLES HAVE WON 16 STRAIGHT EXTRA-INNING GAMES AND ARE 27-9 IN ONE-RUN GAMES. Sorry. There's this thing when absolutely indescribable events take place and MY COMPUTER STARTS TYPING IN ALL CAPS AND WON'T STOP BECAUSE THIS TEAM DOESN'T MAKE ANY SENSE.
The ugly: All these years Orioles fans thought Peter Angelos was the devil. And then in 2012 he goes and makes a deal with him? That's some deep epistemological stuff, man.
The scoop: Baltimore is 9-5 against the Blue Jays, 10-4 against the Red Sox, 9-6 against the Rays this season. Maybe a week and a half of utterly abominable luck comes closer to evening out the Orioles ledger and torpedoes their season in awful fashion. But probably not. This team is too close and has a strong enough lead and schedule to do anything other than pencil them in for the postseason...
• Mike Lupica of the New York Daily News lauds the Orioles' Buck Showalter for working his magic again as he did with the Yankees in a previous managerial life:
He does in Baltimore what he did with the Yankees a long time ago, which means change a culture as he turns a losing team into a winning team. They were 40 games under .500, the Orioles were, when Showalter became the manager, but somehow played winning baseball the rest of the way.
And even when it seemed the Orioles had taken a step back last season, you saw the job Showalter was doing with them, when they played big games against contending teams, played like they were the ones -- every night -- trying to make the playoffs. Finally, on the wildest last night any regular season has ever seen, they knocked the Boston Red Sox out of the playoffs and out of the ring.
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