No game today

When I was broadcasting Triple-A games back in the 80's and early 90's, my broadcast partner, Bob Black and I, had a running joke.

We used to say the three saddest words in baseball were "no game today."

In a way, it is sad. Yes it does feel strange today to not have a game to cover, watch or attend. I might have to watch Bull Durham to get my fix.

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Actually, to be honest, it will be nice to take a few days to slow down a bit and re-charge the batteries after the long season.

The last two months were uplifting for everyone including players, fans and reporters alike.

When you are used to seeing your team play cannon fodder for October-bound opponents late in the year for many years, well, this was a refreshing change.

The off season is here, but this blog and website will keep humming. Roch and I will be writing all fall and winter, count on that. Hopefully not the same topic on the same days. If we do, hope I hit publish before he does. Just kidding.

If you have never checked out Dan Kolko's Ravens coverage, do it. He does a great job and gets bonus points for attending the same college as Joe Flacco.

For now, time to clean out the notebook a bit today and here are more stats, facts and notes on the Birds.

How some hitters finished out the season:

Andino: Went 6 for 11 over his last three games and hit .370 (10 for 27) over his last eight games.

Izturis: Ends year going 0 for 12.

Jones: He went 10 for 29 (.345) over his last eight games with 5 RBI.

Markakis: He ends the year with a seven-game batting streak during which he went 12 for 27 (.444) with two homers and 5 RBI as he raised his average six points to .297.

Pie: He went 6 for 19 with a five-game batting streak with a double, two triples and 5 RBI.

Reimold: Went 0 for 11 to end the year.

Scott: Led the team with a career-high 27 homers, but hit just one over the last 25 games.

Tatum: Went 4 for 8 in his last two starts to finish at .281.

Wieters: Hit just .139 (5 for 36) over his last 11 games as his average dipped from .259 to .249.

Wigginton: Went 0 for 19 over the last six games to lose eight points on his average, finishing at .248.

As a team, the Orioles scored just six runs over their last three games and scored two runs or less in six of the last eight games. They hit just three homers over their last 11 games.

O's record against:
*AL East was 24-48
*AL Central was 17-20
*AL West was 18-17
*The NL was 7-11

Orioles starting pitchers since August 3rd when Buck Showalter took over:
Arrieta: 3-3, 3.78 in 8 starts
Bergesen: 5-3, 2.88 in 11 starts
Guthrie: 7-3, 3.14 in 11 starts
Matusz: 7-1, 2.11 in 11 starts
Millwood: 2-5, 3.29 in 10 starts
Tillman: 1-1, 4.08 in 5 starts

In the season's last five games, O's starters worked to an ERA of 1.29. The starters posted an ERA of 3.16 with 36 quality starts in 57 games under Showalter. O's starters made 80 quality starts on the season after recording just 58 in 2009.

The team ERA was 5.18 in 105 games before Showalter and 3.54 with him at the helm.

Some real random notes:
*The Orioles went 3-1 in their last four games when scoring two runs or less. Before that stretch they went just 3-53 in those games. They were 1-41 in their first 42 games when scoring two or fewer runs.

*Had they won Sunday, the O's would have had their first series sweep of the year over an AL Central team. They had sweeps vs. teams from the AL East and West and the National League.

*The O's played six straight games in two hours and 38 minutes or less until Sunday's game took two hours and 46 minutes.

*The O's had just three hits in Saturday's 2-1 win. All three came in the middle innings and all three went for extra bases. Their 25 at bats in that game were their fewest in a nine-inning game since 25 in a 3-1 win over Tampa on September 1, 1999.

*The O's won just four of their first 34 series of the year. But after Showalter took over, they went 11-6-1 in 18 series. They won 61 percent of their series with Buck and just 12 percent before he took over.

With "no game today" maybe this batch of notes and stats will hold you for at least a few hours.


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