• Beware Yankees: O’s Refuse To Lose

    Posted by on September 19th, 2012 · Comments (0)

    Via ESPN -

    The Baltimore Orioles weren’t going to be denied a victory — or making history — even if it took 5 hours and 44 minutes to do it.

    Taylor Teagarden stroked a pinch-hit RBI single to right in the 18th inning to help give the Baltimore Orioles a 4-2 comeback victory over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night.

    The win allowed the Orioles (84-64) to pull within a percentage point of the Yankees (83-63) for the lead in the AL East. The Yankees were rained out Tuesday and will play a split double-header with Toronto on Wednesday.

    Baltimore maintained a three-game lead in the wild-card race over the Los Angeles Angels, who beat Texas 11-3 in Anaheim.

    The Orioles’ success in extra-inning games might be one of the biggest factors keeping them in the playoff hunt. They have won 14 straight extra-inning games for the longest extra-inning win streak since the 1949 Cleveland Indians won 19 straight. Overall, the Orioles are 14-2 in extra-inning games this season, going 9-0 in them on the road.

    In my mind, the Yankees need to worry about the O’s and A’s now – and keep an eye on the Angels. There’s no way that the Yankees want to allow Baltimore to finish first and for Oakland to have a better record (than New York).

    Who wants to travel to the West Coast for a one game, sudden death, playoff (in a pitcher’s park)?

    And, worse, if the Angels get hot, then there’s pressure for that last wildcard spot.

    The Yankees better go something like 11-5 or 10-6 to close out the season. I don’t think going 9-7 (or worse) is going to get the job done.

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