How are the Orioles still hanging around?
It’s a question that you’ve probably asked yourself at certain parts during this season and one that’s floated around the press box for weeks. Every time the Orioles have what looks like a devastating loss –the kind that would send this club into a downward spiral — they rebound.
Whether it’s a big hit from somewhere unexpected, a solid pitching performance or 11 unanswered runs, this team keeps hanging around and is still very much in the playoff hunt, despite its flaws.
When you look at some of the statistics and where the Orioles rank in terms of hitting and pitching it doesn’t make sense. So, how are they winning? I attempt to explain it in this off day story up on Orioles.com, but it seems to me that this team thrives on people continuing to count them out. It’s hard to quantify how important clubhouse chemistry and all that other stuff is, but manager Buck Showalter challenged this team to adopt a tougher mentality this spring. And by nearly all indications this Orioles team has dug in and responded.
In unrelated news, Orioles top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy made headlines with his start for Frederick last night. You can read about that here.