Can O’s keep perfect mark under Buck intact?

No, the O’s have not won every game since Buck Showalter has been manager. In fact, the Orioles are 12-8 since his first game as skipper on August 3 versus the Angels.

But the Orioles are 6-0 in the first game of every series since Buck took over:
8-3: at O’s 6, LAA 3
8-6: at O’s 2 CWS 1 (10)
8-10: O’s 14 at Clev 8
8-13: O’s 5 at Tampa 0
8-16: at O’s 5 Sea 4 (11)
8-19: at O’s 4 Texas 0

They try to make that 7-0 tonight at Chicago in the first game of the series and road trip. The Orioles were 9-25 in series openers until Buck’s arrival.

Here are some other stats and notes as the O’s get ready for another road trip:

*The O’s went 3-0 in their first three series with Buck as manager, but are 0-2-1 in the last three.

*O’s starters have pitched six innings or more in 18 of the last 20 games and seven innings or more in 10 of those 20. The starters ERA is 3.21 with 14 quality starts over the last 20 games.


*The O’s are 22-18 in one-run games, but just 6-17 in games decided by two runs.

*In 20 games in August, Luke Scott is batting .355-7-16.

*Adam Jones is 0 for 16 over his five games. Cesar Izturis is 5 for 35 over his last ten games. Matt Wieters is 6 for 33 over his past ten contests.

*Nick Markakis has just two extra-base hits and 3 RBI over his last 14 games.

*Tonight’s O’s starter, Jeremy Guthrie, has pitched seven or more innings in five of his last six starts after doing that in just 5 of his first 19 starts this year. Guthrie is 4-2, 2.17 over his last seven starts.

*Tonight’s Sox starter, Gavin Floyd, is 6-4, 2.27 since June 8. But he has allowed 13 ER over his last two starts covering 12 innings, both vs. Minnesota.

*A product of Baltimore’s Mt. St. Joseph High, Floyd is 2-1, 2.54 in four career starts the Orioles and O’s batters have hit just .190 against him.

*The O’s are 11-16 vs. AL Central teams while the Sox are 8-14 vs. the East.

*Chicago’s Juan Pierre leads the AL with 49 steals, eight more than Carl Crawford. Luis Aparicio, back in 1962, was the last White Sox player to lead the AL in that category.

*Chicago is batting .329 over its last nine games with ten hits or more in each of those games.

*The White Sox went 25-5 to end the first half, but are just 18-19 in the second half.

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