Yes, that’s really a thing. The New York Yankees will open their latest postseason run in Baltimore, of all places. Against the Orioles. After 14 straight losing seasons the Orioles managed to shock the world by winning 93 games and securing a wild card spot, then did it again by defeating the reigning two time American League champions 5-1 in Arlington Friday night. Now they’ll have to take three of the next five games against the most decorated franchise in the sport, and there’s nothing Orioles’ fans would like to see more right now.
As I said yesterday, the Yankees are the clear favorites on paper, but that hasn’t made any difference where the O’s are concerned this year, and fortune has already broken their way before the series even opens. Remember how the one game wild card game was supposed to be a big disadvantage for the winner, because they’d have to burn their best starter for the win-or-go-home game? Well thanks to Joe Saunders performance of a lifetime that doesn’t apply to Baltimore, who get the luxury of setting their rotation up exactly as they want it for the series. That includes calling upon Jason Hammel to square off with C.C. Sabathia today. Let’s take a look at the players and factors that will loom large in this evening’s contest.
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