Here's a look at what some other media outlets are saying about the Orioles following last night's 5-1 win over the Rangers in the AL wild-card game:
- ESPN.com's David Schoenfield focuses his attention on the O's pitchers, especially starter Joe Saunders:
Joe Saunders doing this? Delivering 77 pitches of one-run baseball in his own personal house of horrors against a lineup that should devour a pitcher like him?
No way did I see that coming.
Welcome to postseason baseball. You just never know.
- ESPN.com writer Molly Knight uses a similar angle, playing up Joe Saunders' underdog role:
It cost the Texas Rangers $107.7 million to get their starter for Friday's sudden-death American League wild-card game. It cost the Baltimore Orioles a nondescript right-handed reliever to get theirs.
- Ted Keith of SI.com writes that Buck Showalter's bullpen strategy was the key to the team's win:
Orioles skipper Buck Showalter had not been able to line up an ace or de facto ace to start, so his decision to load his roster with relief pitchers was not just sound strategy but something that almost seemed to be his team's best, if not only, path to victory
- Over at CBSSports.com, Danny Knobler says that while the Orioles' win is amazing, the true story of last night's game is the collapse of the Rangers:
Sorry, Orioles, because you deserve more attention than this. Sorry, Joe Saunders and Adam Jones and Nate McLouth and the rest of you. We'll make it up to you in the days that come, because you'll still be around.
The Rangers won't. Josh Hamilton won't.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun