Orioles Games Are Supposed to Be Easier

May 3, 2012 12:00 AM

Orioles Games Are Supposed to Be Easier

" Wins are an inexact way of measuring the quality of a pitcher.

You can get wins without pitching very well and you can get losses or no-decisions while pitching splendidly, so the stat is obviously detached from the performance of just one player.

The 15-game winning streak Ivan Nova lugged into Yankee Stadium on Wednesday night, then, wasn't just about Nova.

And the fact that it came to an end with Nova's first loss since last June also isn't just about Nova. He didn't pitch a spectacular game, but he pitched better than he has in plenty of games over the course of the streak.

The result was still a 5-0 loss, though, because the Yankee lineup's offensive threats are pretty much down to Derek Jeter. After scoring a rather unimpressive three runs through the first 10 innings of the series, the Yankees were shut out over the final 17 on their way to two straight losses.

Jake Arrieta was the guy shutting them down on Thursday night, a major change from the normal course of events when the Yankees meet up with the Baltimore nine "

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