Answering some Orioles questions from Twitter ahead of Friday's doubleheader
By By Dan Connolly
The Baltimore Sun|
Sep 12, 2014 | 9:00 AM
The Orioles take on the New York Yankees for a day-night doubleheader today in what should be the kickoff for clinch week -- assuming the Orioles can continue the momentum they built in a three-game sweep over the Boston Red Sox.
I thought Thursday's day off would be a good time to do a question-and-answer session, so I asked Twitter followers to help out.
Here were some of the questions -- and my replies. Hopefully, it will answer the primary questions that have been burning in your mind about the Orioles.
If not, I will do it again sometime soon. I cleaned up the Twitter lingo a little bit, since I'm not limited to 140 characters here. But here are some of the main exchanges.
@OMF_Derek: With all the stellar pitching performances lately, who would you think is in the ALDS rotation?
I think Chris Tillman and Wei-Yin Chen are locks, probably in that order. Miguel Gonzalez has done everything possible to earn a spot. And Bud Norris has been solid, too. I wouldn't be surprised if Buck Showalter used four starters.
@dtgordo: What do you think the chances are that the Orioles sign Nelson Cruz to a long-term deal?
Not great, because he is 34 and in line for a big deal, and the Orioles have a lot of salary increases and decisions. But Nelson likes the Orioles, and Orioles like him. So a reasonable deal for both sides is a possibility.
@BenjamNSmith: Who do you think the O's have the best chance of facing in the AL? Also, which team you'd least like to face?