The Orioles are 64-36 against the Mariners at Camden Yards since it opened in 1992.
The Orioles are on pace to win 87 games in Buck Showalter’s second full season as manager, which would be an 18-game improvement over last year’s 69-93 record. In 2004, Showalter’s second full year in Texas, he led the Rangers to an 18-game improvement and was named the American League’s Manager of the Year.
Showalter led the Diamondbacks to a 35-game improvement in his second year in Arizona in 1999. The Yankees improved by 12 games in his second full season in New York in 1993.
The Orioles have won 11 straight one-run games dating back to June 22, one shy of the franchise record. They won 12 straight from May 5-June 6, 1964, Sept. 9, 1970-April 10, 1971 and June 2-July 8, 1979.
The Orioles have played seven games that have gone 12 innings or more this season, winning six of them. According to Elias, the last time they played more than seven games that went 12 innings or more was 1966 (10).
The all-time franchise record was set by the St. Louis Browns in 1914 with 13 games that went 12 or more innings.
The Orioles are 10-3 in games that follow extra-inning affairs, including 6-0 on the road.
Adam Jones’ game-winning single in the bottom of the 14th inning last night was his fourth in the 12th inning or later this year. According to Elias, the last player to have four game-winning RBIs in the 12th inning or later in one season was the Houston Astros’ Rafael Ramirez in 1989.
Despite playing just 110 games, the Orioles have made 118 roster moves this year since setting their opening day roster (40-man and 25-man rosters included). They’ve optioned 27 players, recalled 22, placed 16 on the 15-day disabled list, selected the contract of 13, designated 12 for assignment, reinstated nine from the DL, placed eight on the 60-day DL, lost three on waivers, outrighted three, traded for three, claimed one on waivers and had one take paternity leave.
In games that have gone extra innings this year, the Orioles’ bullpen has registered a 1.53 ERA over 82 1/3 innings. After the ninth inning in those games, the bullpen’s ERA is 1.10 ERA in 41 innings and has held opponents to a line of .185/.242/.247 over 158 plate appearances in those 14 games.
Darren O’Day improved his record to 6-0 with two scoreless innings last night.
Since 1954, only two other Orioles relievers have as many as six wins without a loss: Grant Jackson (8-0 in 1973) and Wes Stock (7-0 in 1963).
Also, did you know that the Orioles’ PR staff has been especially busy today?
You do now.