Slugger Mark Trumbo hasn't won the major league home run title just yet, but he already has won the respect of everyone in an Orioles organization that must soon decide how much it wants him back after a career season.
Manager Buck Showalter follows up just about every strong run by the Orioles with the warning that “momentum is only as good as your next starting pitcher,” but he would rather not be proven right so easily.
It took until mid-September for the Orioles to post three series wins on the same road trip, but that’s what they did over the past nine games with their 1-0 win over the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday night.
Both the Orioles and Tigers spent all day cooped up in their respective clubhouses as rain threatened Detroit all Saturday afternoon. Once they were let outside for some baseball, it seems the Orioles appreciated that reprieve much more than their hosts.
Perhaps the biggest gulf in this matter is the one between the perception the Orioles' closest followers have of their offense and the view of that group inside the game. There's a level of incredulity among the players and coaches that they even have much to answer for, and they have a point.
Kevin Gausman has had his way with the Yankees in his past two starts, and on Saturday night at Camden Yards held New York to just two singles through six scoreless innings in a 2-0 Orioles win in front of an announced crowd of 30,855.