Dating to last year, left-hander Brian Matusz has won six straight decisions starting with his Aug. 20 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. Since that day, the Orioles have 18 wins total, so Matusz has a third of them.
There was some talk that moving Jeremy Guthrie back to the No. 2 spot in the rotation after the addition of Kevin Millwood would help the Orioles' right-hander get some better matchups. That has not been the case early. Guthrie's counterparts for the first four games (Matt Garza twice, Jon Lester and CC Sabathia) have a combined record of 27-2 against the Orioles and a 2.48 ERA. Ouch.
Of the Orioles' 18 runs on this road trip, infielder Ty Wigginton has either driven in or scored 11 of them. He also has hit five of the Orioles' past seven homers. I fully expected Wigginton to have a nice year if he got the at-bats, but it's ridiculous if you have to depend on him to carry the offense.
Since the All-Star break last year, center fielder Adam Jones is batting .220 (48-for-218) with eight homers, 25 RBIs, 14 walks and 41 strikeouts in 54 games.
Jones and Nick Markakis have combined for one homer and four RBIs. Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Placido Polanco had one homer and six RBIs on Opening Day.
Detroit Tigers stud first baseman Miguel Cabrera, who leads the American League with 17 RBIs, has nine hits with runners in scoring position. The entire Orioles team has only 16.