The Orioles have been one big hit away from beating the Yankees in each of their last three meetings, but you can't curse the fates when you have made a habit of losing to them for so many years.
They are always going to be the Yankees, and the only way the Orioles are going to ever be considered an elite team again is by beating the elite teams on a regular basis. They should have won last night. The opportunities were there and they wasted another terrific performance by new starting pitcher Jason Hammel, so it's fair to wonder if they missed their best chance to take a win out of Yankee Stadium this week.
It's not that they aren't good enough to compete. They wouldn't be 14-5 against everybody else if that was the case. But they seem to lapse into their old bad habits at the plate against the Yankees -- swinging at balls out of the strike zone when they are ahead of the count and then affirming afterward that they should have been more patient.
They have been more patient at the plate against other opponents -- finally emulating the approach that has helped the Yankees and Red Sox dominate them in recent years -- which makes me wonder if they are still just a little cowed by the Yankee mystique.
Guess we'll find out soon enough.