Most Orioles fans probably stopped watching the postseason after the difficult wild-card loss.
Even though the Orioles would have been the decided underdog against the Texas Rangers, many couldn’t have been blamed for thinking the Orioles could have swept the Rangers just as the Toronto Blue Jays did.
Now that Toronto has been eliminated and the Cleveland Indians are going to the World Series, a few fans will be able to watch.
Jose Bautista, one of a quartet of AL East villains, may be moving on just as David Ortiz, Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira did this season.
Should Bautista move out of the division as a free agent, another handy villain—perhaps Josh Donaldson—will have to take his place.
If you’re into the ex-Oriole thing, Andrew Miller deserves congratulations for his Most Valuable Player performance in the American League Championship Series.
Miller was injured and didn’t play in the 2013 World Series, won by his Boston Red Sox.
Other than Miller, there really isn’t a rooting interest on the Indians. In 1996 and 1997, the Orioles and Indians were fierce rivals with the two teams meeting in the postseason, but that’s long ago.
The Orioles took five of six games from Cleveland this year, and they also took two of three from the Los Angeles Dodgers, who are tied 2-2 with the Chicago Cubs in the National League Championship Series.
When the Orioles were in Cleveland in May, Mychal Givens was excited to see the Indians had just brought up a left-handed pitcher that he had often seen the previous year in Bowie.
Givens couldn’t wait to share his thoughts on Ryan Merritt with his teammates and coaches, but Merritt didn’t make his major league debut until the day after the Orioles left town.
Merritt, who had pitched just 11 innings in the regular season, was a late add by Cleveland manager Terry Francona, and he gave his team an unexpected boost, pitching 4 1/3 shutout innings on Wednesday, allowing just two hits.
The Indians now have five days of rest until they face either Chicago or Los Angeles—who will have two days off in the NLCS goes six games—or just one—if a seventh game is needed.
Game 5 was played in a snappy two hours, 37 minutes, an incredibly short game for the postseason while Game 4 of the Cubs-Dodgers ran an excruciating two minutes short of four hours.
If that series runs the full seven games, Jake Arrieta would be in line to start it at Wrigley Field and many Orioles fans will be watching.
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