Beating the best

The Orioles were Team Counter-intuitive earlier in the season, beating baseball's best pitchers and looking toothless against the guys who didn't scare anybody else. The better half of that trend has continued, as every Orioles fan who stayed up late the past few nights should know. The club figured to struggle against the Mariners' top two starters, Hisashi Iwakuma and Felix Hernandez, but they won the first two games of the series and have a 5-3 record in eight games against pitchers who are ranked among the top 10 in the American League in ERA. It's not necessarily about the offense, since those pitchers combined for a 2.72 ERA in those eight games, but it is a testament to the terrific recent performance of the pitching staff and some very timely -- if not abundant -- hitting.
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