You want fundamentals? I'LL GIVE YOU fundamentals.
Today is your last chance to see the Orioles play teh base-ball in daylight this year. Of course, you'd have to live in Michigan to do that. The Orioles' and Tigers' records are mirror images of each other, with one team making plans for October contests, and the other headed to the Diamond Ridge golf course at the end of next week.
The Orioles' website sunnily claims,
...overlooking the fact that barring a no-hitter today, Matusz will be viewed in the rear view mirror this offseason as the skinny-armed guy whose biceps are CLEARLY smaller than a year ago, and WHY DOESN'T HE WORK OUT MORE, the yutz? At least in some quarters.
The Tigers have a Matusz-esque pitcher of their own, one Brad Penny of former greatness. Detroit's official site says Penny is "making his pitch for the postseason roster." Judging by the comments in the article, Detroit fans would have it otherwise. Not quite as skinny-armed as B-Mat, Penny has given up 42 runs in his last 53 innings (over a ten-game stretch), with a staggering WHIP of 1.9. His ERA sits at 5.31, just slightly less than half of Matusz's 10.68. Back on August 12, the O's tagged him for 4 runs in 5 innings.
In other words, expect a riveting pitcher's duel at Comerica today.
Fact: The Orioles have won 9 of their last 12 games.
If we trade Jeremy Giambi to the Phillies and get rid of Peña, we might just turn this thing around.