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Old 09-02-2014, 10:05 AM   #181
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8.5 game lead heading into the last month. Looking pretty good
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8.5 game lead heading into the last month. Looking pretty good
Magic number is 19. Got 13 games at home and 13 on the road (season ends with 7 road games at NY & Toronto.) Eight games against the Yanks and 6 against Toronto so those teams still have a slim chance.

The Machado injury could still be a major factor once the playoffs begin even if his replacements make no errors because they can't make the impossible plays that he makes. Starting pitchers look like they're getting a bit tired. Even though they haven't given up many runs, elevated pitch counts get them out of the game too early.

Mid-June I figured that we'd be a +5 or -5 .500 team. No way did I have a clue that the Orioles would be 20+ games over .500 especially with Davis scuffling, Wieters out, and Machado out starting the year. It's been a good year for people to step up and pick up their teammates. I'm looking at former Gamecock Steve Pearce as the leader of that group.

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Also heard that Christian Walker is doing really well in the minors and is on watch to maybe come up.
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Also heard that Christian Walker is doing really well in the minors and is on watch to maybe come up.
Went to the Durham Bulls game yesterday. Didn't realize Walker was all the way to Triple A. He started and batted clean up for Norfolk.
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Just beat the Yankees 2-1 in 11 in the first of a day/night double header.
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and there is that little thing about Chris Davis...
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Just beat the Yankees 2-1 in 11 in the first of a day/night double header.
That's the kind of thing the Yankees have been doing to us for years. Glad to get some payback. Seemed to take the wind out of their sails because they didn't put up much of a fight in the nightcap.

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and there is that little thing about Chris Davis...
Really a stupid thing on his part. Even though his average was abysmal (the shifts really hurt him) he did have 26 HR and close to 80 RBI and was a presence in the lineup that pitchers had to account for. Most of these playoff games are one run affairs and having the potential to get that run with a swing of his bat could really hurt. Plus I think he's probably a better defensive replacement for Machado than any of the other guys.

BTW when you watch the games on ground balls to third to you think "Manny would have had that one."
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AL EAST CHAMPS...finally. Gamecock Steve Pearce launched a three run jack in the bottom of the first to put the Orioles up for good. It's great to hear the announcers talk up how Pearce plays the game the right way and occasionally they will give USC props.

This has been such a fun team to watch as the role players have come up big and the team's gotten lots better as the year went along. I thought we might could win the division in a close race of near .500 teams but never dreamed the Orioles would run away with it and be 30+ games over .500.

Congratulations Orioles on a job well done. Three more series to win.
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watched the game last night. Wished I could have gone. Was awesome to see.
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