October 1st, 2014 at 11:24 AM
By Josh Michael
All throughout the day we have been giving you our three reasons why the Baltimore Orioles will win the American League Divisional Series over the Detorit Tigers and we finally have arrived at reason number one, the Orioles stout bullpen.
Manager Buck Showalter was our number three reason and the Orioles defense was number two, but the O's bullpen is easily the top reason they will win the ALDS.
Baltimore already had a pretty darn good bullpen before the MLB Trade Deadline, but when they acquired LHP Andrew Miller from the Boston Red Sox, it put them over the top.
As a team, the Orioles owned the sixth best bullpen ERA in all of baseball at 3.10 and ranked third in the AL with that mark. The two bullpens in the AL with better bullpen ERAs (Mariners and A's) are no longer in the playoffs or never got there in the first place. It was not just their ERA that was impressive, Baltimore's bullpen ranked third in saves (53), sixth in opponents batting average (.229) and fifth in WHIP (1.16) in the big leagues.Read more... Join the Conversation...
October 1st, 2014 at 9:29 AM
By Josh Michael
We continue on with our three reasons why the Baltimore Orioles will win the American League Divisional Series against the Detroit Tigers, which begins Thursday at 5:37 p.m. The number two reason we believe the Orioles will win the ALDS is their defense.
Orioles Manager Buck Showalter came in as our number three reason why the Birds will win the ALDS, and number two is something that he has emphasized since he came to Baltimore, defense.
The old saying is that "defense wins championships" and while that may ring more true in other sports than in baseball, defense is certainly a huge component to a World Series team. Anytime a team can either A) make a play for an out that most teams couldn't, or B) does not give the other team extra outs, that team is more likely to win the game.
Baltimore, although not nearly to the level they were in 2013, had another great season defensively and will again have multiple finalists for Gold Glove Awards after the season ends. The O's could quite possibly have two Gold Glovers for the 2014 season in their outfield in Adam Jones and Nick Markakis.Read more... Join the Conversation...
October 1st, 2014 at 7:23 AM
By Josh Michael
Tomorrow is the day, and we now know that the Baltimore Orioles and Detroit Tigers will get their American League Divisional Series started at 5:37 p.m. courtesy of the Kansas City Royals beating the Oakland A's in a crazy AL Wildcard Game on Tuesday. Today, in a three part series, we will present you with the three reasons the Orioles will win the ALDS and we begin with number three, Manager Buck Showalter.
If you watched the AL Wildcard game on Tuesday, you saw Royals Manager Ned Yost make one of the mistakes you normally see from managers with little to no playoff experience, which is put guys in situations that they have never really been in before and expect them to succeed.
The Orioles do not have to worry about that.
Showalter has been around the block more than a few times in his career, and has brought home two Manager of the Year (1994, 2004) in the process for his efforts. He has a career record of 1,259-1161, which is a .520 winnings percentage and his 1,259 are among the top 40 most winning-est managers of all-time.Read more... Join the Conversation...
September 30th, 2014 at 11:28 AM
By Josh Michael
We continue our look at the upcoming American League Divisional Series matchup between the Baltimore Orioles and Detroit Tigers that will begin on Thursday by taking a look at each team's individual offensive numbers when these two teams played each other earlier in the season.
Earlier today we took a look at both team's individual pitching numbers against one another, which you can view here, and now we turn our focus to offense and examine how each of the team's top or more important offensive players fared against one another in their six games in 2014.
Again, we remind you that we narrowed the list down to those players who we believe will be on each team's postseason roster.
First we will take a look at how Orioles hitters fared against Tigers' pitching in their six games this season.
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- Adam Jones – .348 average with eight hits, one double, one triple, one home run and four RBI.
- Nelson Cruz – .227 average with five hits, two doubles, one home run and four RBI.
- Caleb Joseph – .500 average with one hit.
- David Lough – .214 average with three hits, one triple, one RBI and two stolen bases.