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Is The Oriole Magic Back In Baltimore? 7

Posted on September 01, 2010 by Dean Hybl

Koji Uehara has emerged as the closer for the Orioles.

Buck Showalter was hired to turn around the struggling Baltimore Orioles, but no one could have predicted the immediate impact the new manager would have on the team. After winning 32 times in their first 105 games, Showalter, who took over on August 3rd, guided the O’s to 17 victories in the month of August and into the role of spoiler in the American League playoff race.

The winning month for Baltimore was the first for the franchise since June 2008 and marked the first time the Orioles have had a winning record in the month of August since the 1997 season.

But the Orioles haven’t moved into a position to avoid the worst record in baseball and a 100 loss season by beating bad teams at home. The Orioles have become legitimate spoilers in the American League playoff race.

Of their 17 wins, six came at the expense of the Los Angeles Angels to basically knock the defending AL West champions out of contention in their division.

Baltimore also won four of seven against the Chicago White Sox and split a four-game series with the AL West leading Texas Rangers.

They finished the month with a 5-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox that further erodes the chances for the perennial playoff contender.

There is no secret to the success of the Orioles in August. Quite simply, since Showalter’s arrival they have increased their offensive production while decreasing the number of runs they allow. Read the rest of this entry →

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