Sorry for the relative lack of posting recently, but (1) I’ve been busy and (2) it’s almost the end of the year, so there’s not much point in doing any analysis when it’ll be re-done for the 2010 Orioles Retrospective series starting at the end of the season (only 44 players so far this year!).
Anyway, the Orioles salvaged* one against the Yankees today, coming back against Mariano Rivera in the 9th and taking it in extra innings. Chris Tillman had some serious control problems with 6 walks in 3.2 IP, but most of the bullpen was stellar and the line-up did just enough to pull it out. At 59-90, the O’s sit a half-game ahead of Arizona with the 4th worst record in the majors. The team only needs to go 4-9 the rest of the way to avoid 100 losses, and 6-7 to finish with a better record than last year (which would make 2010 the first season since 2004 when the team actually improved their record – they’ve gone from 78 wins to 74, 70, 69, 68, and 64). I’m honestly not feeling too hopeful about the team’s future right now (no, I don’t think Buck is going to make much difference next year, and the team isn’t going to play like a 99 win club – their record under Buck pro-rated to 162 games), but the off-season and then Spring time usually turns that all around.
* The worst part about losing the first two was that CC Sabathia picked up his 20th win. That might have cinched the Cy Young for him, despite Felix Hernandez, Fransisco Liriano, and Cliff Lee (amongst others) being more deserving choices.
The O’s set out on an AL East road-trip starting tomorrow – Boston, Toronto, and Tampa Bay – before coming home to finish the year against the Tigers. A strong showing would be a nice way to cap off the season.