Orioles: Great win or just a great escape?

Not sure I'm buying the notion that Tuesday night's 8-6 victory over the Red Sox was a great win.

t was an important win in terms of the short-term prospects of the Orioles, since they've been in a nasty tailspin and it returned them to the top of the AL East standings for at least one more day. It also may have been a confidence-builder, since the Orioles outlasted John Lester and overcame a rare blown save by Jim Johnson.

Buck Showalter should be happy with the clutch offensive performance in the late innings. The Orioles delivered more key hits last night than they have on the rest of the road trip, but -- if you want to be a negative nelly -- that's no formula for long-term success.

If you read my column on the website or in today's print edition, you know I compared this team to the 2005 club that spent 70 days in first place and eventually succumbed to its own lack of organizational depth. That column was written before last night's game, but I stand by it. The Orioles need to buy some more time and get several key players back to stay in play in the division.

They also need to remember all those good at-bats, most of which were the result of patience and selectivity -- something the Orioles have not shown regularly with runners in scoring position.

Simple as that.

Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times
Related Content
  • Get to know the 2015 Orioles

    Get to know the 2015 Orioles

  • Time-lapse from Orioles home opener

    Time-lapse from Orioles home opener

    Baseball returns to Camden Yards as the Orioles take on the Blue Jays in their home opener. (Christopher T. Assaf/Baltimor

  • Orioles in April

    Orioles in April

    Browse pictures of Orioles baseball games in April 2015.

  • Orioles Opening Day at Camden Yards

    Orioles Opening Day at Camden Yards

    Look through photos from Orioles Opening Day festivities at Camden Yards on April 10. The Orioles will face the Toronto Blue Jays in their 62nd home opener in Baltimore. 

  • Orioles player salaries for 2015

    Orioles player salaries for 2015

    With the 2015 baseball season just underway, USA Today has released its annual comprehensive list of player salaries. The publication gathers the data from "documents obtained from the MLB Players Association, club officials and filed with Major League Baseball's central office. Deferred payments...

  • All-Time Greatest Orioles

    All-Time Greatest Orioles

    In the six decades since they returned to the American League, 982 players have suited up for the Orioles. Who are the all-time best? Here are The Baltimore Sun's picks — six men at each position, except outfield and starting pitcher (nine apiece). We ranked the top six managers, too, from 1954...

Comments
Loading