Some Sunday O’s pre-game stats and facts while wondering if today will be the day......
*The Orioles have played seven games this year decided by two runs or less and are 1-6 in those.
*The Orioles have scored just 23 runs during a nine-game losing streak.
*Today’s starter, Brian Matusz, is making his 11th career Major League start today. Opponents are batting just .190 against him this year without an extra-base hit. The Orioles are 6-4 in his starts. Matusz, who has never faced Oakland, has a personal five-game win streak.
*Of the 63 runs the O’s have allowed this year, 24 have come from the 8th inning on. They have been outscored 24 to 7 on the season from the 8th inning on.
*Oakland’s last four-game sweep of the Orioles at home was from August 23-26 of 2004. The Orioles last win at Oakland was on July 22, 2007. They have lost nine in a row there.
*The A’s lead the AL in team ERA at 2.58. On the year, A’s starters are 6-0, 2.30. A’s pitching has allowed five runs or less in all 13 games in 2010.
Individual batting notes:
Atkins: Is 4 for 10 the last three games
Markakis: Four extra-base hits his last four games
Reimold: Has 2 hits his last 16 at bats
Wieters: Is 1 for 16 his last four games
Wigginton: Has 3 homers and 6 RBI his last 5 games