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ALDS Game 1 Preview: Detroit Tigers Hitters Against Baltimore Orioles Chris Tillman

October 2nd, 2014 at 9:01 AM
By Josh Michael

We continue our preview of tonight's American League Divisional Series Game 1 between the Baltimore Orioles and Detroit Tigers with a look at how Orioles starter Chris Tillman has fared against Tigers hitters throughout his career.

Earlier today we took a look at how the Orioles hitters have fared against Detroit starter Max Scherzer, but now we turn our focus to how the Birds ace has done against the Tigers offense.

Again, we remind you that we have limited this to the players who could be on the ALDS rosters.

Tillman bounced back after a very rough beginning stretch to begin the season and finished the year going 13-6 with a 3.34 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP.

Let's take a look at how Tillman has done against Tigers hitter.

Chris Tillman vs Tigers Hitters
PlayerABH2BHRRBISOAVG
Alex Avila610112.167
Miguel Cabrera1351143.385
Nick Castellanos310000.333
Rajai Davis300002.000
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ALDS Game 1 Preview: Baltimore Orioles Hitters Against Detroit Tigers Max Scherzer

October 2nd, 2014 at 7:13 AM
By Josh Michael

All week we have been previewing the American League Divisional Series between the Baltimore Orioles and Detroit Tigers, but today we narrow down to previewing Game 1 of the ALDS as it gets underway this evening at 5:27 p.m. The Tigers will send 2013 AL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer to the mound in tonight's Game 1, so how has he fared against Orioles hitters?

Baltimore will be facing the last three AL Cy Young Award winners, which all happen to be on the Tigers staff now since they acquired David Price this summer, but the O's will have to deal with the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner first in Scherzer.

He had a fine follow up season to his Cy Young year as he went 18-5 with a 3.15 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and struck out 252 batters in 2014.

Scherzer did not face the Orioles this season as his turn in the rotation never came up over the six games between the teams.

So how have Orioles hitters fared against Scherzer in the past? Well the chart below will answer those questions for you. Keep in mind we have only included O's hitters who are likely to be on the ALDS roster.

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Three Reasons the Baltimore Orioles Will Win the ALDS: #1 Bullpen

October 1st, 2014 at 11:24 AM
By Josh Michael

All throughout the day we have been giving you our three reasons why the Baltimore Orioles will win the American League Divisional Series over the Detorit Tigers and we finally have arrived at reason number one, the Orioles stout bullpen.

Manager Buck Showalter was our number three reason and the Orioles defense was number two, but the O's bullpen is easily the top reason they will win the ALDS.

Baltimore already had a pretty darn good bullpen before the MLB Trade Deadline, but when they acquired LHP Andrew Miller from the Boston Red Sox, it put them over the top.

As a team, the Orioles owned the sixth best bullpen ERA in all of baseball at 3.10 and ranked third in the AL with that mark. The two bullpens in the AL with better bullpen ERAs (Mariners and A's) are no longer in the playoffs or never got there in the first place. It was not just their ERA that was impressive, Baltimore's bullpen ranked third in saves (53), sixth in opponents batting average (.229) and fifth in WHIP (1.16) in the big leagues.

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Three Reasons the Baltimore Orioles Will Win the ALDS: #2 Defense

October 1st, 2014 at 9:29 AM
By Josh Michael

We continue on with our three reasons why the Baltimore Orioles will win the American League Divisional Series against the Detroit Tigers, which begins Thursday at 5:37 p.m. The number two reason we believe the Orioles will win the ALDS is their defense.

Orioles Manager Buck Showalter came in as our number three reason why the Birds will win the ALDS, and number two is something that he has emphasized since he came to Baltimore, defense.

The old saying is that "defense wins championships" and while that may ring more true in other sports than in baseball, defense is certainly a huge component to a World Series team. Anytime a team can either A) make a play for an out that most teams couldn't, or B) does not give the other team extra outs, that team is more likely to win the game.

Baltimore, although not nearly to the level they were in 2013, had another great season defensively and will again have multiple finalists for Gold Glove Awards after the season ends. The O's could quite possibly have two Gold Glovers for the 2014 season in their outfield in Adam Jones and Nick Markakis.

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Three Reasons the Baltimore Orioles Will Win the ALDS: #3 Buck Showalter

October 1st, 2014 at 7:23 AM
By Josh Michael

Tomorrow is the day, and we now know that the Baltimore Orioles and Detroit Tigers will get their American League Divisional Series started at 5:37 p.m. courtesy of the Kansas City Royals beating the Oakland A's in a crazy AL Wildcard Game on Tuesday. Today, in a three part series, we will present you with the three reasons the Orioles will win the ALDS and we begin with number three, Manager Buck Showalter.

If you watched the AL Wildcard game on Tuesday, you saw Royals Manager Ned Yost make one of the mistakes you normally see from managers with little to no playoff experience, which is put guys in situations that they have never really been in before and expect them to succeed.

The Orioles do not have to worry about that.

Showalter has been around the block more than a few times in his career, and has brought home two Manager of the Year (1994, 2004) in the process for his efforts. He has a career record of 1,259-1161, which is a .520 winnings percentage and his 1,259 are among the top 40 most winning-est managers of all-time.

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