Well, I'm here to tell you those guys are a bunch of boneheads-and because my rantings appear on actual paper, someone thought my opinions were worth grinding up a tree over, so I must know something. First off, yeah, the Birds got lucky pulling together so many one-run wins, and it's unlikely they could do it again, but they may not have to. The best fielders in baseball are awarded the coveted Gold Glove Award. At the beginning of August, it looked like half the O's weren't thinking of precious metals and were just hoping to turn lead to leather. Winning all of those one-run games was a remarkable feat made all the more astounding in the light of the Bird's godawful defense. Then, in mid-August, things turned around. Manny Machado arrived like manna from baseball heaven and completely transformed the infield D. Machado was born to play shortstop, but at third, he is already one of the best in baseball and will be a favorite for a Gold Glove. Throw in Gold Glove catcher Matt Wieters, who is arguably the best defensive back-stop in baseball; Gold Glove shortstop J.J. Hardy; and an entire starting outfield of Gold Gloves, and the defense has become one of the best units in baseball. With leather like that, some of those one-run thrillers will turn into three-run wins.