Earlier in the season, back when everyone was refusing to believe his eyes and dismissing the Orioles as a viable postseason contender, a favorite stat often cited was how the Os had given up more runs overall than they had scored. Through Sunday, that is still the case, with Orioles opponents having totaled 637 runs to the Os 608.
This seems particularly apropos after Sundays blowout loss to end the Yankees visit for four games in Baltimore. With the 13-3 defeat, the total for the four games was Yankees 31, Orioles 23.
To which the only appropriate response is: So what?
Its a truism in baseball that there is no such thing as momentum. So you get whomped one day and just come out the next with a different starting pitcher.
The only important numbers from the series are the two wins for each team and the one-game lead in the American League East that the Yankees leave town with.
Lets cite a little history to make our point even further. Yeah, its old history, but it does involve the Yankees.
In the 1960 World Series, famously won by the Pirates on Bill Mazeroskis Game 7 walk-off home run long before anyone thought to call it that, the Bronx Bombers pounded Pittsburgh. New Yorks three victories were by 16-3, 10-0 and 12-0. The cumulative runs for the Series were Yankees 55, Pirates 27. But Pittsburgh still won the series.
All season, folks have been searching for a nickname for these Orioles, something like 1989's Why Not? O's. Let us humbly suggest the 2012 team is the So What? Orioles.