When that streak – which dates back to Aug. 8, 2011 – reached the century mark after Tuesday’s 4-3 win over the Blue Jays, closer
So while the bullpen, which remains an anchor of the Orioles' success, plays a large part in the streak there are several other factors that go into it – especially because over the course of 100 games the winning formula wasn't always the same.
“It wasn’t the same guys every night,” Orioles manager
"But how do you evaluate mentality? How do evaluate what kind of teammate [someone is]? How do you evaluate what that mentality does to the team you're playing? How do you evaluate presentation? How do you evaluate confidence? When it [ends], if it happens, our guys will be frustrated by it but not dwell on it and move on to the next game. Having that mentality allows you to do some things like that and not dwell on the negative. This is a team that, they don't let streaks or inclinations – positive or negative – [affect them]."
Many Orioles players – pitchers and position players alike – didn't even realize the streak had reached triple digits.
“For it to work that way 100 times in a row – or for anything to happen 100 times in a row in baseball -- is crazy,” left fielder
"I think it goes back to the one-run game thing," McLouth added. "We seem to play so many of them that, I don't know if comfortable is the right word, but the anxiety level isn't the same as if maybe you didn't play as many. The more you're in a situation, the more comfortable you are just based on experience."
Orioles first baseman