Same old, same old
The Orioles have become very predictable, and I'm not just talking about the fact that they're falling faster than me at a Pamela Anderson book-signing. When they drop behind early, they generally struggle to put runners on base through the middle innings and then suddenly turn into a more disciplined team when it almost too late.
Look at today's game, for instance. The O's had baserunners all over the place in the late innings and were -- at a couple of junctures -- one big swing away from making a game of it. But, also predictably, there are too often a couple of inexplicable at-bats (see previous post) that prevent them from putting the hammer down and keeping the pressure on the opposing bullpen.
It's frustrating to watch, but the encouraging thing is that the most disciplined hitters appear to be the young guys who will be here when some of the free-swinging vets have headed down the highway.