That's pretty much how the Orioles see themselves right now, in the kind of groove you want to be at the All-Star break.
So many good things seem to be happening to the O's all at once. Adam Jones has cut down on his wild swings and homered in each of the past three games while driving in six runs.
The starting pitching has started to settle down, too. And Jim Johnson seems to have regained his confidence in the all-important closer's role, notching his 33rd save Sunday.
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Hey, you want a no-drama, 1-2-3 closer, Johnson's not your guy. This is a guy who's going to give you a near-coronary at times before he finally bears down and slams the door on the other team, just as he did against the Jays.
Deal with it, Orioles fans. Buck Showalter certainly has. And the O's manager seems to like what he's seen from Johnson and the rest of the Orioles lately.
Of course, in typical Buck fashion — you gotta love the guy — he refused to get philosophical when asked what this win meant for his team going into the All-Star break.
Buck, as we know by now, doesn't do philosophical.
"It's a W for Baltimore," he said. "That's what it's about. We got 66 games left, we grinded like heck through the season with all its challenges and have a chance to roll the dice in 66 games and see if we get to play in October."
At this point in the season, that's all any team could ask for.