Orioles Lose To Jays, Now Locked In To 2-Seed; Plus, Tillman’s A True Ace

Sports and Bets — September 27, 2014 at 12:20 am by

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Chris Tillman made his final start of the year, in which he gave up more than three earned runs for the first time since June 5. What an incredible season Tilly had. His final win-loss mark only stands at 13-6, but we all know wins and losses don’t tell the whole story. Tillman tossed 207.1 innings this year, and finished with a 3.34 ERA. If those aren’t ace numbers, I don’t know what is. Is he Clayton Kershaw? No, but, neither is anyone else. Is he a legitimate ace of this staff for years to come? I think he absolutely is. If it weren’t for a string of rocky starts in the Spring, Tillman’s ERA would have been even lower. As for that streak of not allowing more than 3 ER in a start since June 5th? That’s 20 straight starts. That’s the definition of consistent, for someone who had previously been somewhat inconsistent. Tillman is still a young arm, and has matured into the ace the O’s need to go deep in the playoffs. Tillman can hang with any pitcher in the business, and my personal bet is that the O’s win every game that he starts this postseason. Book it.

As for failing to attain the number one seed, no big deal really, we pretty much all knew this was going to happen, especially when Buck made it clear he thinks it’s more important to rest key players than win these last few semi-meaningless games. It would have taken a lot for the O’s to pass the Angels for the number one overall seed. The O’s will have home field advantage in the Divisional Series, and will play the AL Central winner. This will likely be the Detroit Tigers, however the Royals still have a chance to win the division. The only situation in the playoffs that the Orioles would not have home field advantage in a series is if they play the Angels in the ALCS. And let’s be honest, home field advantage in baseball is not what it is in football. We’d still get up to three home games in that potential series. The World Series will begin in an AL ballpark thanks to the All-Star Game victory in July.

Let’s get through these last two games healthy and make a postseason run for the record books.

Other Game Notes:

Cruz, Hardy, and Jones were all resting today, which is further proof Buck cares more about rest than the one seed.

The O’s are now 2-3 on the current road trip, that ends Sunday.

The Orioles will finish the year 3rd in the AL in runs allowed. Who would have thought that going in to this season? Praise our bats and home run power all you want, but had this pitching staff not stepped up, we would be fighting for a playoff birth.

The O’s can win 97 games on the year if they take these last two. How incredible does that sound?

Up Next For The Birds:

Orioles at Toronto; 4:07 PM; Chen (16-5) vs. Happ (10-11)

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