Reporting Bob Haynie
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote that the Orioles needed to start winning games at Camden Yards if they wanted to earn themselves a spot in the 2012 MLB Playoffs.
As recently as late July, the Birds actually had a losing record at home.
That is no longer the case.
Since August 6th, Baltimore is 10-3 in their friendly confines. That includes Monday night’s dramatic 4-3 victory over the AL Central leading Chicago White Sox.
The Orioles have been getting it done in many different ways too. One-run thrillers, blowouts, extra-inning affairs, you name it. They are finding ways to win.
With September only days away, manager Buck Showalter is also starting to benefit from a new hero every night.
On Monday, it Nate McLouth delivering a two-run bomb to help Baltimore achieve victory.
This past weekend, it was Steve Johnson pitching well to help the team win. And on Friday, Chris Davis bashed three homers as the Birds took the series opener from the Toronto Blue Jays.
As I write this, the Orioles are in second place in the AL East and are one of the two AL Wild Card teams. If the playoffs started today, they would be in.
If they want to be a playoff team in October, the Orioles need to keep playing well at home and keep finding heroes.