Buck Showalter

Orioles flummoxed by Astros' off-speed, will continue to see fewer fastballs this weekend

Orioles flummoxed by Astros' off-speed, will continue to see fewer fastballs this weekend

Orioles manager Buck Showalter had the Houston Astros’ penchant for living off pitching backwards wired before Friday’s series opener against the best team in the American League. And in the 8-7 loss to the Astros, the script played out as Showalter expected, with right-hander Mike Fiers flummoxing the Orioles’ fastball-feasting batting order with soft stuff.

Asked before Friday’s game whether the AL West leaders’ arrival at Camden Yards served as a litmus test for the Orioles after their four-game sweep of the Texas Rangers, Showalter shrugged, “Was the Cubs a litmus test?”

The Orioles hope for a better result after getting swept by the Cubs in the first three games out of...

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