Predicting which team will win Game 2 of Orioles-Tigers series Friday
By By Dan Connolly
The Baltimore Sun|
Oct 03, 2014 at 7:30 AM
I'm Irish Catholic, so I'm familiar with the green beer concept. Not a fan, honestly, but I'm OK with it.
I'm just not willing to introduce orange beer to the bar here -- not yet anyway. I'll give you an orange slice in your Blue Moon and that will have to be sufficient. And I'm not drinking the orange Kool-Aid yet after one game, which is probably going to hurt my tips this week.
Here's the deal: The Orioles had a fantastic game Thursday night, smacking around Max Scherzer and the Detroit Tigers, 12-3, before a truly fantastic crowd at Camden Yards. It really was everything Orioles fans could have imagined.
Chris Tillman wasn't at his best, but he survived and allowed just two runs. The bullpen was terrific. Again. The offense broke out with homers and with timely hits. And the Tigers' bullpen was every bit as shaky as advertised. If that recipe continues, the Orioles will advance to the next round.
There was very little to complain about from the Orioles side, except that center fielder Adam Jones went hitless and is now just 2-for-31 in his postseason career, including six games in 2012. But it's just one game so far this postseason. There's absolutely nothing to panic about with Jones right now. It would shock no one if he gets three hits Friday.
Frankly, that goes the same for the Tigers, panic-wise. It's way too early for that.
They are a good team. They are not going to lose, 12-3, every night. They are going to make this series a real challenge before it ends. I had the Orioles winning in five games as did my fellow Orioles writer Eduardo A. Encina. Columnist Peter Schmuck predicted the Orioles to win in four. We all had them winning the opener.
Encina and Schmuck are sticking with the Orioles again this afternoon when the two teams meet at 12:07 p.m. But my hunch says that the Tigers even it up.
I'm just not buying that Justin Verlander is no longer the same pitcher we've seen dominate for years. I think Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen will pitch well, but Verlander will be even better and the Tigers will hit a few homers to win 4-2.
Encina has the Orioles winning, 5-3. Schmuck is predicting a second consecutive blowout, 8-2.