O’s sweep Angels, await much-needed off day

August 29, 2010 |

According to my statistical projections, the Orioles would be 162-0 if they played only the L.A. Angels this season.
After knocking out the Mike Scioscia’s reeling club 5-0 on

Saturday night, the Birds eked out a 1-0 win on Sunday, completing a season sweep of the Angels.

Sunday’s game featured an 8.1 inning, 4 hit performance by SP Jeremy Guthrie, who came on in the ninth with a chance for a complete game shutout. He was pulled in favor of serpentine reliever Mike Gonzalez with one out and Reggie Willits at 3rd.

In his only matchup of the game, Gonzalez struck out veteran Bobby Abreu. New closer Koji Uehara then came on to record the final out of the game.

It will be a happy plane ride home for Buck Showalter’s Orioles, who have Monday off before facing the Boston Red Sox for the first game of a six game home stand.

While the O’s have manhandled the Angels this year, they’ll have their work cut out for them in September, when they will be facing only A.L. East foes and the Detroit Tigers.

With several players hurting, the Orioles will benefit from September roster expansion, when they will be able to bring up minor leaguers to supplement their bench. Remember a guy named Nolan Reimold?

Adam Jones has been out of action for the past week with lingering should soreness. Brian Roberts is suffering from a strained right hip. Julio Lugo left the game on Sunday after getting hit in the head by Jered Weaver’s pickoff attempt. That leaves backup catcher Craig Tatum and a bag of sunflower seeds on the Orioles bench.

Hopefully, the team will have a restful cross-country flight and day off in Baltimore.

Brian Matusz will take on Josh Beckett on Tuesday at The Yard. Matusz is coming off 8 and 7 inning gems, which lowered his season ERA to 4.79. As of Sunday night, the Sox are 74-56 and 5.5 games out of the A.L. Wild Card.