If the Orioles were watching the Detroit Tigers sweep the New York Yankees and the San Francisco Giants handle the Tigers in the first two games of the World Series, they were probably thinking: “We could have done better than this.”
The Giants, who were decided underdogs in the Series, took a 2-0 lead on Thursday night with their win over the Tigers.
The Series heads to Detroit for what the Tigers hope will be three games. It’s been 16 years since a team with a 2-0 lead lost the World Series. In 1996, the Atlanta Braves won the first two games at Yankee Stadium before the Yankees won four straight to begin their great run.
For many American League partisans, this series brings back memories of the last time Detroit played in one. Six years ago, the Tigers had another long layoff before the World Series and the St. Louis Cardinals handled them in four straight.
That Tigers team is gone now, and only three players, including Justin Verlander remain. It was also an error-filled World Series. This one is not.
The Giants have outpitched Detroit. The Tigers are terrific at home, and Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder and Delmon Young are going to have to start hitting on Saturday night.
Otherwise, I’ll have to remind everyone that no team in the World Series has ever overcome a 3-0 deficit to win.
Baltimore Orioles’ Manny Machado took an even larger lead in the latest update for 2018 MLB All-Star Game voting.
The superstar shortstop maintained his position at the top of American League shortstops in the second round of All-Star voting updates, released Tuesday morning.
After the first ballot was released, Machado led the shortstops category by over 100,00 votes.
This week, he now holds north of a 200,000-vote lead over last year’s American League starter, Carlos Correa.
The Astros’ Correa jumped from fourth to second this past week while the Indians’ Francisco Lindor dropped to third.
Machado now has 671,133 votes, seventh among all American League players. For the second straight week, Machado remained the only Orioles player on the list.
Through 69 games in 2018, Machado is batting .310 with 18 home runs, 15 doubles and 53 RBIs. He is posting his best OPS (.945) and on-base percentage (.377) in his career, a bright spot for the O’s, who sit dead last in MLB with a 20-50 record.
The All-Star voting will be open until July 5 at 11:59 p.m. ET and fans can vote five times every 24 hours.
The next AL voting update will be announced June 26.
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The Orioles' Manny Machado is the early leader among American League shortstops in the first results of All-Star voting released by Major League Baseball Tuesday.
Machado holds a lead of 110,131 votes over the Cleveland Indians' Francisco Lindor.
No other Orioles' player is on the list, and Adam Jones isn't listed among the top-15 of outfielders.
The Astros' Carlos Correa was last year’s starting shortstop for the American League, but is in fourth place with 206,707 votes, trailing the Yankees' Didi Gregorius who has 208,583.
The next AL voting update will be announced June 19.