BUCKleUP – The Orioles are in the driver’s seat

A dsipatch from Anthony on the road::

The Baltimore Orioles won their 86th game of the season last night as they defeated the Boston Red Sox, 4-2.

Matt Wieters drove in three runs, Miguel Gonzalez had another solid start and earned a win; meanwhile, Jim Johnson got his 46th save and now holds the team record in that category.

It's startling to see the difference between the two organizations from this point last year. The Orioles were on a hot streak to finish up the year and have been flying high in the win column ever since; meanwhile, the Red Sox have been your proverbial train wreck.

Watching on the action with some friends at the BUCKle up event in Hunt Valley yesterday, the Orioles looked like a confident team knowing they have their destiny under control. The Red Sox on the field resembled a squad hating their professional careers right now and waiting out the string.

Jon Lester - who started for Boston - and has owned the Orioles for seemingly forever, took the loss and just didn't look like he gave a damn on the mound. With the exception of Dustin Pedoria and a few others vying for a job next year, the arrogance and swagger the Boston squad had is gone.

Meanwhile, the Orioles look like a team transformed. They have the first wild spot and lead the Angels by 4.5 games; however, they trail the Yankees by one game in the American League East. I'm confident that the Orioles will make the playoffs...but I am still cautiously optimistic. It would take an epic collapse for them to miss the postseason; however, that thought is in the back of my mind.

The Birds have won five in a row and are in the driver's seat. Let's hope the good times continue.