What they're saying about the Orioles (Sept. 19)

With the Orioles winning in all-night fashion and then calling up their ace of the future, they continue to be a national topic of conversation.

Here are what some national writers are saying about the Orioles on their websites today:


The Dylan Bundy promotion makes sense for the Orioles, ESPN's Keith Law writes.

"The Orioles will have to balance the benefit they could get from using Bundy in leveraged situations against the need to protect his arm and avoid hurting his development as a starter, which most likely would preclude using him on back-to-back days. Bundy rarely pitched on fewer than six days' rest this year -- I count two such outings -- so keeping him on a somewhat regular schedule in which he has plenty of time between appearances is key. That would allow the Orioles to stretch him out for multiple innings if the situation calls for it -- for example, in mop-up work if their starter struggles early, with the idea that Bundy is good enough that he could keep the team in the game long enough for the offense to claw back into it."


Don't mess with the Orioles in extra innings, columnist Cliff Corcoran writes

"Tuesday night, the Mariners fell prey to one of the classic blunders. The most famous is never get involved in a land war in Asia, to which the O's have added a corollary this season, "never get involved in an extra-inning game with the 2012 Baltimore Orioles."

18-inning win exemplifies Orioles' toughness, national columnist Richard Justice writes

"It was just one game. One game in a long, grinding season. One game that didn't guarantee the Baltimore Orioles a thing. The O's will be right back at it on Wednesday. Still, it was a game that said so much about this team, about its will to win and its toughness and all the stuff that's so tough to measure."

The Orioles' rise carries over to merchandise, according to ESPN sports business guru Darren Rovell

"Sales of Orioles gear are skyrocketing, according to online retailer, which says that only the New York Yankees and San Francisco Giants have sold more gear that the Orioles in September. The team jumped from the 14th spot in August to No. 3, having sold 40 percent more merchandise in the first half of September than in the entire month of August."