Who comes to mind when you think of the heroic names in the history of the Baltimore Orioles? While there are many, the list wouldn’t be complete without Jim Palmer, Brooks Robinson, and of course Cal Ripken, Jr.
Now you can add Elroy Jetson, er…Buck Showalter to that list.
Don’t look now, but the very same Showalter who couldn’t win with the Yankees now has the bottom-dwelling Orioles looking like the best team is baseball. Ever since taking over the helm from interim manager Juan Samuel, the O’s are 8-1 under Jetson Showalter.
Whether it lasts is anybody’s guess, honestly I think this team has too much talent to be this bad, but the signs are certainly encouraging of late.
Tuesday night in Cleveland, the Birds broke out for a season scoring high, chalking up 14 runs on 13 hits in a dive-bombing of the Indians. Those aren’t the only signs of life in Baltimore, as noted by O’s blogger Steve Melewski:
- The O’s and Cleveland combined for 22 runs in this game after the Orioles and White Sox combined to scored just 21 runs total in their entire four-game series.
- The Orioles went 7 for 10 in the game with runners in scoring position after going 7 for 27 with RISP in the series vs. Chicago.
- The O’s four homers was their most since they hit four vs. Tampa July 20th. They had seven extra-base hits in this win, the most in a game since they had nine that same night vs. Tampa.
- O’s starters had given up just 10 ER over the last seven games until Jake Arrieta gave up five in this game. Over the last eight games, O’s starters have worked to an ERA of 2.52.
- In 21 games since coming off the DL on July 19, Luke Scott is batting .345-9-21 with six doubles.
- Ty Wigginton had one hit in this win and is 11 for 31 (.355) with a homer and 6 RBI during a seven-game batting streak. Wigginton has 11 RBI over his last 12 games.
- Felix Pie had a three-run homer and double in five at bats. Over his last ten games, Pie is batting .375-2-8.
- Adam Jones went 0 for 4 to snap a six-game batting streak while Matt Wieters had two hits, including a three-run homer to snap a 1 for 17 stretch.
- After going 8-19 in July, the Orioles are now 7-2 in August. Their most wins in any month this year was in May when they were 10-18.
Who knows if this latest surge will last? Will it get the Orioles out of the Dubsism power rankings cellar? How long will it take for Elroy to get fired by Mr. Spacely? We just have to keep watching to find out.
Jane, stop this crazy thing…