In baseball, they say speed doesn't go into a slump, and it's good to see the Orioles using some speed today and in recent games with callups like Matt Angle and Kyle Hudson.
Hudson dropped a beautiful bunt toward third base and made second on a throwing error in the second inning this afternoon. Pedro Florimon was called out when he followed with another bunt.
The Orioles have 12 stolen bases in 14 attempts in September, their third-best month this season for steals. They stole 15 bases in May and 13 in July. The Orioles had just eight steals in August.
Six different players have stolen bases this month. Matt Angle is 5-for-6 after getting thrown out today and Nolan Reimold is 3-for-3.
Greg Miclat led the O's organization with 50 steals this year at Double-A Bowie, going an amazing 50-for-53. Hudson ranked second with 41 steals.
Buck Showalter talked the other day about how it is tough to beat the Yankees, trying to go toe-to-toe with that offense, and that you need other avenues, like speed, to put up some runs against them.
This season, the Orioles stole 20 bases against the Yankees and were caught stealing just one time. Angle led the way going 6-for-6 against New York.
In this division, you need some offense and you won't get it just by speed alone. But it is nice to see that the Oriole have some to call on from time to time.