One of the popular descriptions used when talking about the Orioles in their time under manager Buck Showalter is that they’re a grind-it-out team that wins close games better than everyone else.
It was true in 2012 when they broke a long streak without postseason baseball, it was true again in a dominant 2014, and it wasn’t in 2013 and 2015 when they missed the playoffs entirely.
It’s also not the case this season, though that’s because they aren’t often in them.
Thursday was the Orioles’ 32nd one-run game of the season, and they’ve split the middle with 16 wins and 16 losses in such games. They’re tied for 13th-best in...