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Orioles-Tigers ALDS Winners & Losers

Handing out labels following Baltimore’s opening-round sweep of Detroit.

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Nelson Cruz — As if he wasn’t enough of a free-agent steal already after leading the league with 40 HRs, he hit two more against Detroit, including the series-winning blow. Now has 16 HRs in 37 career playoff games, and he slash lined .500/.500/1.000 for the series.

Buck Showalter — Pulled all the right strings. Example: With one out and a man on second in the ninth inning of Game 3, he intentionally walked Nick Castellanos to put the winning run on base. The next batter grounded into a series-ending DP.

Delmon Young — That bases-clearing triple in Game 2 was incredible, providing this Vine of the year candidate.

Bud Norris — Matched up against David Price, he threw six-plus innings of shutout ball, allowing just two hits. Bud Norris!

Andrew Miller — High-level bullpen boss. Threw three-and-a-third innings in two appearances, giving up no runs or hits and walking one.

Kevin Gausman — Provided valuable long relief in Game 2. Dennis Eckersley said he’s “got some hair.” High praise.

Pretty much the entire lineup — Faced three Cy Young winners, scored 21 runs. Also committed just one error.


There are no losers here, not on Baltimore’s side at least.


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Game 1 of the ALCS is Friday, time and opponent TBD.

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  1. DemO'sHon

    October 6, 2014 at 1:38 AM

    Losers –

    The Detroit Bullpen – aside from Anibal Sanchez who is a starter relegated to the pen for the ALDS since he is coming back from an injury

    The Entire TBS broadcasting staff – who were homers for Detroit the entire time – seemed to think that the O’s “stole” the first game – were bewildered by the “overly confident” remarks by the O’s hitting coach when interviewed in the middle of the 2nd game that 5 runs wouldn’t hold up, then the O’s went and scored 4 runs in the 8th to put them up 7-6. WTF – do your homework! They acted like they had never seen the O’s before — they played 162 games just like the Tigers!

    Dennis Eckersley – If I had to listen to Eckersley call any one of the O’s players “kid”s one more time … I’m sorry — did they suddenly move the ALDS to Williamsport, PA when I ducked into the kitchen to get my cheesy poofs?

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