The Orioles run out of magic bullpen beans and drop the first ALDS showdown with their division rivals.
What matchups should you watch out for when the Yankees take on the Orioles this evening?
The Orioles and Yankees are about to face off in October for the first time since 1996. Who has the upper hand?
The Orioles’ first playoff game, much like their season, didn’t go quite the way we expected.
Ben and Sam are joined by Marc Normandin, formerly of Baseball Prospectus and currently of SB Nation, to discuss which teams will win a World Series in the next five years, the changing role of beat writers, and Joe Saunders, the Orioles’ starter in tonight’s play-in game.
Ben and Sam revisit their discussion from last week on aces in October, talk about the new old Ichiro, and tell you more than you need to know about Orioles starter Steve Johnson.
Is there a scenario where it might make sense for a team not to try to win a playoff game?
The Orioles play deep into the night and emerge with yet another extra-inning victory.
Ben and Sam discuss the Giants’ starting rotation and decide what it would take to trust Barry Zito, then talk about how they decide which teams to root for.
Can rational fans pull for fluky teams, or are we bound to support good process over unpredictability?
Ben and Sam discuss the Orioles’ exciting 14-inning victory over Tampa Bay, then break down Rafael Soriano’s season and his upcoming opt-out decision.
Did we see the Orioles’ success coming when Buck Showalter was hired?
What role have Dan Duquette and Buck Showalter played in the Orioles’ 2012 turnaround?
Ben and Sam consider whether the ballpark might be to blame for the Rockies’ lackluster first two decades, then discuss the annual phenomenon of attendance shaming.
How Dan Duquette is offsetting run differential with roster differential.
Ben and Sam discuss two baseball mysteries: the Orioles’ success in 2012, and MLB’s blackout policy.