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The Orioles are 4-0 under Buck Showalter

Aug 7, 2010, 11:09 AM EDT

That easy, huh?

Fresh off a three-game sweep of the Angels, the Orioles won in walkoff fashion for the second consecutive night Friday, defeating the White Sox 2-1 in 10 innings. Adam Jones played hero this time, delivering an RBI single to secure the victory.

New skipper Buck Showalter is 4-0 to begin his tenure in Baltimore while the four-game winning streak matches a season-high for the club.

White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen told Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun that he’s not surprised the Orioles are playing better under Showalter.

“Those guys are going to play better for him for some reason. Buck is
the type of guy who demands players, day in and day out, to play good
baseball,” Guillen said. “He only takes that job for a reason. He takes
that job because he’s a guy who maybe, hopefully can put those guys back
where they want to be.”

I only have my own experience to back this up, but I’ve found that the hiring of a new manager can often lead to a temporary spark, even for the worst of ballclubs. The Orioles have taken a rather significant step back this season, but they aren’t completely hopeless. They still have the same young talent they had a year ago. Let’s see if Showalter can make something out of them.

  1. YankeesfanLen - Aug 7, 2010 at 11:26 AM

    I thought I read this morning that Buck is only 54. Could this be possible-that would make him 36 when he took over the Yankees. And built what many people think was the basis for some great accomplishments inthe late 90s.
    Now, will he be given the time, money, autonomy to re-build this franchise? It’s certainly going to be more difficult now in the AL East than it would have been umpteen years ago.
    A little winning now creating fan interest (attendance) might give Buck a better start than anyone expected. Too bad if would turn into just another Ned Yost.

  2. smokehouse - Aug 7, 2010 at 4:46 PM

    Just what the hell was the purpose of this column? My gosh, you still stink also. Get a life. So a team that’seen down for so long puts together a little 4 game winning streak and you try to trash them. My God, as a baseball fan I love when the Pirates, KC and the O’s do well. Why so damn negative. Do that make you a man?

  3. D.J. Short - Aug 7, 2010 at 4:49 PM

    Are we reading the same thing? I didn’t say anything bad about the O’s. If anything, I was optimistic!

  4. Old Gator - Aug 8, 2010 at 10:25 AM

    Actually, they still do stink. The White Sox bounced them last night and put an end to this little pipedream of Showalter’s. Bad teams going on mini winning streaks with the advent of a new manager – a little wake up call and all that – well, that’s a common phenomenon in baseball. As long as the Aureoles have to suffer under the Angelos regime, they could make Hannibal Lecter their manager and they’d still be eating grass.

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