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Orioles' Tanner Scott should take notes from top playoff relievers in how to use his standout slider

Orioles' Tanner Scott should take notes from top playoff relievers in how to use his standout slider

It's both high praise and a big ask to say anyone should follow the lead of a pitcher the caliber of Astros right-hander Lance McCullers, but in this year's playoffs, there are plenty who are doing it and the results are clear.

McCullers, who in last year's ALCS threw 24 curveballs in a row to help send Houston to the World Series, was back at it again on Saturday in Game 1 of the ALCS against Boston, throwing primarily breaking balls and carving through the top of the Red Sox lineup, and he did it again Sunday. On the other side, Red Sox reliever Matt Barnes did it, throwing 14 curveballs on 15 pitches.

So who on the Orioles should be taking notes? Of course, the pitcher with...

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