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by George Pavlick,posted Oct 4 2012 8:16PM
Is all that matters for the Baltimore Orioles now. Win and you meet the Yankees in the ALDS. Loss and well you are golfing and eating crab cakes until Spring Training.
The new one game Wild Card is not ideal by any means. One you take out a top pitcher. And two baseball is about what happens in a series not one game. It is a good concept you get an "extra" team in the playoffs. But really dumb when broken down and put to practice. Added on what really does not make any sense to me is how the Wild card/ one seed is treated, The winner of the Wild Card game gets the first two games in a best of five series. Now a team that does not hold home field only has to win one road game. If that Wild Card team holds serve then they can win a series in three games before the team that won more games knew what happened to them, And lets per se the Cardinals win in Atlanta tom, night and the Orioles win in Texas tom. night. Both teams are on the road anyway why not make them go straight to D.C. or New York? That makes sense to me but we are talking Major League Baseball here so sense is out the window.
Back to that Orioles Rangers game. I think the Rangers are right for the picking after having a five game lead with nine days left and did not win the division. BUT this game is in Texas, The Rangers have Yu Darvish going who has a 16-9 record with a 3.90 era as opposed to his counterpart Joe Saunders who has a 9-13 record with a 4.07 era. The Rangers also have experience on there side and in the playoffs that is HUGE. But in a one game playoff who knows? I have to lean towards the Rangers here to get the win. The only way the Orioles stand so much as a chance is this. Saunders goes at leat five plus six is more than ideal but five plus is the goal. Get through that be in the game or ahead turn it over to the bullpen then I say the Orioles have a fighting chance, If not then we will see a Ronald Reagan/Walter Mondale like victory for the Texas Rangers, But we will see. that is why they play the game. And it all comes down too.