The Orioles are coming into national focus and the media microscope will increasingly focus on them over the next few weeks. They are an imperfect team that somehow has won more games (combined regular and postseason) than anyone else in the American League over the five seasons that Showalter and Duquette have been an item. But their imperfections are sometimes hard to overlook.
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.
The Orioles had managed to put together a pretty good run without scoring a lot over the past 10 days, but it's beginning to look like they're ready to take some of the pressure off the pitching staff.
In the Orioles' 18-7 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Sunday afternoon, the Orioles certainly received a much-needed, quality performance from right-hander Bud Norris while Boston's Wade Miley imploded in a six-run third.
Despite Chris Davis' majors leading 43rd homer of the season and a gritty rally in the ninth, the Orioles dropped their series opener to the Arizona Diamondbacks, 7-6, with a walk-off loss in front of an announced 18,889 at Chase Field.
Showalter was announced Wednesday night as one of three finalists for the Baseball Writers' Association of America's award after leading the Orioles to a 93-69 record and their first playoff appearance since 1997.