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The Orioles have become very predictable, and I'm not just talking about the fact that they're falling faster than me at a Pamela Anderson book-signing. When they drop behind early, they generally struggle to put runners on base through the middle innings and then suddenly turn into a more disciplined team when it almost too late.

Look at today's game, for instance. The O's had baserunners all over the place in the late innings and were -- at a couple of junctures -- one big swing away from making a game of it. But, also predictably, there are too often a couple of inexplicable at-bats (see previous post) that prevent them from putting the hammer down and keeping the pressure on the opposing bullpen.

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It's frustrating to watch, but the encouraging thing is that the most disciplined hitters appear to be the young guys who will be here when some of the free-swinging vets have headed down the highway.

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