Don't think I'm the only one scratching my head over the tight performance of the Orioles since the arrival of new manager Buck Showalter, but I wanted to get a sense for how the players view the before-and-after picture that they've become. So, I asked Ty Wigginton after last night's game if he looks back and wonders why the Orioles couldn't seem to play like this for more than a few innings at a time before Buck got here.
"I don't think you do that,'' Wigginton said. "I think we just seem to haeve gotten a little confidence and that's huge. That's when you see streaks like this. There's the cliche about it being contagious, but it's definitely true. I don't think you look back. You've got to look forward."
So, does it come from Showalter? Does it grow out of the fact that Brian Roberts is back in the leadoff spot?
"I think you can look anywhere,'' Wigginton said. "I think it comes down to getting that confidence and just rolling with it."