BOSTON — If you're trying to make sense of the
"You don't question the things you don't understand,'' manager
If you want to put it into some kind of perspective, consider the fact that a game that goes into extra innings is, by its very nature as a tied game in regulation, a pretty even proposition. Then start flipping a coin and see how long it takes you to get 16 straight heads or tails.
Chances are, your thumb will fall off before you succeed.
There are intervening factors, of course, that have given the Orioles an advantage. They've got a terrific bullpen and they've got some mojo. How else do you explain designated hitter
"I think Buck puts us into position to make it not a coin toss,'' said special assistant to the executive vice president
It is the longest string of consecutive extra-inning wins by a major league team since the
This one had the makings of a real tough loss, especially considering that the Orioles are in a very tight battle with the
The O's seemed to have it in hand when
Once it got past the ninth, the Orioles appeared to have history on their side, since they haven't lost an extra-inning game since the first week of the season and the Red Sox had lost their last six at Fenway Park. But you could also make the case that the law of averages had to be lurking somewhere nearby.
Showalter laughs at the notion that when the Orioles get into extra innings now they have a big advantage because they are "in our element."
"If we were so good at it,'' he said, "we'd win them all in the 10th inning."
Well, as Anderson was correct to point out, it's not just a case of the law of probability stretched to its limit.
"It's really amazing,'' said former O's shortstop Mike Bordick, an analyst for MASN. "It takes a combination of a lot of things — a good bullpen, clutch hitting and good defense. But the bottom line has been the bullpen. The relievers have been so good, I just can't say enough of them."