O’s Need Repeat From Norris To Get Back On Mental Track

Featured, Sports and Bets — October 11, 2014 at 12:27 pm by

The Birds played mentally soft baseball last night in their Game One loss to the Kansas City Royals. The pitching staff played the man role of mental-fart culprit, as the stench of seven walks and served-up meatballs wafted over the friendly confines of the Yard, and made the arms of the O’s look jittery and ill prepared for the meat-grinding pressure that the ALCS brings.  Meanwhile, the position players scored six runs, but blame doesn’t escape them either; the Birds left 10 runners on base and failed to make a big defensive play in Tillman’s fateful third inning.  (Steve Pearce mishandled a messy throw from JJ Hardy on a Billy Butler grounder.  It was a tough play for Hardy and Pearce, and Butler was awarded a single, but with two outs in a two-on situation, it’s a play that has to be, and usually is, made by the O’s.)

But it’s only Game One.  The sting of this loss will quickly go away with a win today.

In order to get that win this afternoon the Orioles will have to screw their heads back on straight, and that process starts with Bud Norris.

If you look back into Orioles history, or baseball history in general for that matter, you’ll notice that in the playoffs, dominant pitching often rights an ailing ship.  Dominant pitching wins pennants.

Bud Norris stepped up in the ALDS clincher, going 6.1 innings and striking out six.  He only allowed two hits over those six frames and threw nothing but goose eggs up on the scoreboard.  It was a nail-in-the-coffin performance; the Tigers went to the showers swept, and the Birds advanced.

Now Norris needs a get-out-of-the-coffin performance.  I know climbing out of a 2-0 hole would be possible, but going to Kansas City down 2-0, with home field stripped utterly away wouldn’t be good for business. It’s time for Bud to settle in, throw strikes, and lead the Orioles back to mental toughness and a win.

Nothing sets a tone and shows leadership in baseball more than a playoff pitching gem.

The Birds need Norris to hurl one today at the Yard.

Personally, I think he’s got it in ’em.

Let’s Go O’s!


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