Tangent... sometime in the 1880s the NL tried a scheme where players at different positions wore different brightly colored/striped/etc uniforms. It didn't last long before they realized that the guy standing near second base was probably the second baseman no matter what shirt he was wearing.
As the Baltimore Orioles entered the day on August 1st, they had a record of 64-39. The Birds were in first place in the AL East, 6.5 games ahead of the Detroit Tigers. They were 0.5 games behind the Minnesota Twins (62-36) for the AL's best record.
During the month of July the Orioles had a 17-11 record.
I never said Bleier was as good as O'Day. O'Day would come in with runners on base and no one out and not allow a run. He was excellent. And O'Day had strikeout stuff. Bleier pitched to contact. He could pitch two or three innings and pitch very well but would not come in the situations that O'Day did.
However Bleier was very consistent when healthy and pitched to just below a 2,00 ERA. There are not many pitchers that did better than he did during that period. He would take a lockdown, strikeout pitcher to be better.
He certainly looks like he is back to his old form at this point.