This is clearly a Captain Obvious special here, but it isn't amazing how much better the Orioles play when they're not down by three or four runs before every guy in their lineup has had a chance to hit? During the Orioles' five-game winning streak, their starters have given up four total runs in innings one through four, one each in the four-game sweep over Minnesota, and none last night. In the Orioles' five previous games – all losses by the way – their pitching had given up a total of 24 runs over the first four innings. Obviously, if you are not behind early, your chances of winning increase dramatically, but that's not really my point. My point is that these starters going out and giving up early runs just crushes the morale of the whole team, bringing that "Here we go again" feeling. The bullpen has to get cranking early, the defense goes back on its heels and the hitters completely get out of their game plan trying to do too much to make up for sizable early deficit.