In 2010, the O's were 9 games back of the division leaders thru 14 games.
In 2011, they are only 3 games back.
In 2010, the O's needed 10 games to fashion a 7 game losing streak.
In 2011, it took 14.
In 2010, the O's sent Kevin Millwood to the mound to break the 7 game skid. He lost and the skid continued for 9 games.
In 2011, the O's send a struggling Chris Tillman to the mound to break the current 7 game skid.
In 2010, Brian Matusz beat the Oakland A's 8-3 to break the 9 game losing streak.
In 2011, Brian Matusz is on the DL.
After a euphoric first 7 games during which the O's went 6-1 and starting pitchers retired opposing hitters with impunity, the O's have settled in with a punchless offense, unreliable starting pitching and a shaky bullpen.
Tonight the O's square off against Francisco Liriano (0-3, 9.42 ERA) and the Twins in Baltimore. Will the O's offense get healthy facing a struggling Liriano? or will Liriano start his turnaround facing the hapless Baltimore offense?
Even if the O's offense comes to life, it may not be enough as the O's send Chris Tillman (0-1, 7.30 ERA) to the mound. Tillman has surrendered 10 earned runs spanning 6 1/3 innings over his last two starts. However, the Twins are the only team in the AL to have scored fewer runs than the O's thus far, so, Tillman vs. the Twins offense also poses some intrigue.