The Orioles' rebound is a mirage 

September, 21, 2010

Today's winner in Stats & Analytics:

Teri Hatcher, Brian Roberts, Koji Uehara

Today's loser:

Brad Bergesen, Brian Matusz, Kevin Millwood

After reading Rob Neyer's take on how well the Orioles are playing, "O's Turnaround Is Real ... and Fantastic," I was left with two questions.

First, shouldn't that be "Real ... and Spectacular"?

Second, while there's no question Baltimore has looked utterly reborn under Buck Showalter, what are the Orioles actually doing that's not just different but productively and sustainably different under the new manager?

Shocking as it may be, the numbers say: Not much at all.

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