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The Yankees on the Showalter Effect

I prefaced this a little last night with Nick Swisher’s comment, but the Orioles play these last two games has certainly raised some eyebrows on the other side of the field.

And don’t think manager Buck Showalter isn’t taking these wins in the Bronx to heart. When asked about acting very businesslike in taking the series from his old team, Showalter responded: “Publicly, I do.”

Here are some comments from the Yankees regarding the very different Oriole team they’ve been beaten by the last two games.

Derek Jeter

“They’re playing well. I don’t know because I never switched managers in the middle of a season, but I’m pretty sure there’s a lot of guys over there trying to make an impression.”

CC Sabathia

“They’ve got a pretty good team. They’ve got some young talent over there. They’re trying to impress their manager. The fact that they got Roberts back and Jones came off the DL today, I think that definitely helped their lineup.”

Swisher, (following Monday afternoon’s loss)

“Since they got the new manager over there, they’ve got a different style of play…They pitched a little differently [on Monday], a lot more offspeed.”

*In keeping with Swisher’s comments, the Orioles starters ERA in the first 105 games was 5.61. Under Buck’s 34 games, it’s 3.26. And the pitching staff as a whole owns a 3.57 ERA under their new manager. Several of the young arms have mentioned that they are “auditioning” and that certainly looks to be the case.

*The Orioles have won five straight road games now, dating back to the first game in Anaheim. They’ll try to extend that season-high mark to six games in Sunday’s finale.

Jeter, Joba on the O's

Since it was a slow morning, I spent a
few minutes over in the Yankees clubhouse (where I spent a good portion of last
year) to say hello and ask about the Orioles. A few of the guys, like Nick
and Joba Chamberlain were impressed with the O’s young core.
It’s a hard division to come up in, Chamberlain acknowledged, but in signing
Kevin Millwood, they “couldn’t have got a better guy.”

Chamberlain said he spent a lot of his rookie
year just asking questions to the veteran Yankees, and when I told him that
Millwood’s locker is right among the young pitchers and he’s always chatting
and telling stories, Chamberlain smiled.

“That’s the best part of baseball,” he
said. “And [Millwood’s] been around.”

mentioned how he’s a fan of some of
the O’s young pitchers, and singled out how impressed he was in watching Adam
Jones last season. “Seems like he really made some adjustments too,”
Jeter said of Jones this spring.

 The Yankees captain got to know Brian Roberts from the WBC last year,
and said he really liked how B-Rob approached the game.

“He plays the right way,”
Jeter said.

Some pretty nice stuff. Of course, Jeter (a huge Michigan fan) did wish my Spartans good luck (and poked fun at my green shirt). Now if only all the Maryland fans on this blog would follow that lead….