Sweeping in Fashion, Orioles Open Up Second-Half With A Sweep Over Rangers.

July 22, 2013 | Marc Lukianczuk

So far so good for the Baltimore Orioles, as they swept the Texas Rangers in a three-game series this past weekend in Arlington.

In the tight American League East race, the Orioles are three and a half games back of first place Boston and only two games back of Tampa Bay.

A key for the Orioles in this second half of the season is the most obvious—to win.

Not only is it crucial to win, but most importantly it is crucial to produce a long winning streak. Toronto, Boston, Tampa, and New York have all put a nice little winning streak together at some point this season—the Orioles, sadly have not.

However, the O’s are on a four-game winning streak dating back before the All-Star Break.

Opening up the second-half with a three-game sweep is a good start for that necessary long win streak that the team is looking for.

“I like where the team is headed,” Chris Davis said, in the last post-game interview before the All-Star break.

Heading in the right direction, the Orioles did just that with these four key attributes portrayed this past weekend: Run productivity, defense, phenomenal pitching and—Matt Wieters.

Wieters had a cold first-half of the season at the dish, but is striving to change that and quickly, as he went 7 for 12 with one home run this past weekend.

It is too soon to say whether or not Wieters will continue this type of success that he has shown in the past, but his fielding has been the best in the business all year long.

The Orioles defense has been proving all year why they are number one and it all starts from the one playing in the hot corner—Manny Machado.

Machado has been nothing but sensational at third base all year by making jaw dropping plays that you would never expect to see a 21 year-old make.

In the sweep over the Rangers, pitching was impressive.

With strong outings from Wei-Yin Chen, Miguel Gonzalez, and Chris Tillman the Orioles continue to prove why they are a dangerous team in the Am. League East.

The Orioles look to continue the much needed win streak, as they open up a four-game series tonight against the Kansas City Royals. Scott Feldman looks for his second win as an Oriole, as he takes on opposing pitcher Wade Davis.