Orioles Magic!

Still pinching myself after last night’s thrilling 5-1 wild card win over the Texas Rangers.  In retrospect, who could have seen this coming?  A look at the record of Buck Showalter in his second season of taking over bad teams, and the answer is “everyone”.  Buck has the O’s 24 games better than last year and that’s quite consistent with his prior record as manager of the Yanks, Rangers, and D-backs.

The manner in which this club keeps winning is incredible.  Buoyed by homers and relief pitching all year, the O’s went small ball last night and bunted, stole bases, moved the runners along and didn’t hit a single homer.  The formula of getting to the bullpen tied or ahead played out again with Darren O’Day and Jim Johnson making the lead hold up.  The O’s were a MLB best 74-0 this year when leading after seven innings, and they held true to form against Texas.

Next up are the Yankees in the ALDS.  Got tickets to Game One and this will be a tall task.  The Yanks are hot and have C.C. Sabathia going for them.  Good luck to us and LET’S GO O’s!

About Brian Penn

Avid sports fan and golf nut. I am a lifelong resident of the Washington D.C. area and love to follow the local teams. Also worked as a golf professional in the Middle Atlantic PGA for several years and am intrigued by the game to no end. I love to play and practice and am dedicated to continual improvement.
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