Orioles @ Yankees Game 5

UPATED: Major League Basebeall has announced start times for the American League Championship Series. If the O’s advance the first two games (all in ET) are both in Detroit, starting Saturday: Game 1 is 8:07. Game 2 is 4:07. Games 3-5 (if needed) would be in Baltimore at  8:07, 8:07 & 4:07. Game 6 in in Detroit would be 8:07 if needed, and Game 7 would be in Detroit at 8:15. All  ALCS games will be televised nationally on TBS.

Greetings from the Bronx, where the O’s and Yankees will square off in a winner-take-all Game 5 starting at 5:07 p.m. ET tonight. The big news is Yankee slugger Alex Rodriguez, who has struggled in particular against right-handed pitching, being benched. More on that here.

If you missed how it went down, the Orioles forced a Game 5 with a 13-inning win last night. You can read my gamer here. There’s also plenty of additional coverage from last night’s game up on Orioles.com for your perusal. Check it out.

*I’ve been asked a few times who would get the ball in a Game 1 if the O’s advance to the League Championship Series (where they would play Saturday’s Game 1 and Sunday’s Game 2 in Detroit) and the most logical options are right-hander Chris Tillman and lefty Wei-Yin Chen.In  a perfect world, I think the Orioles would prefer to use Tillman in Game 1 and push back Chen to get him an extra days’ rest.

Both guys will be available to pitch in the bullpen tonight, with manager Buck Showalter making it clear that all hands are on deck in a do-or-die scenario like tonight. The Orioles bullpen pitched 7 1/3 scoreless innings last night and the team badly needs starter Jason Hammel to go deep into tonight’s game. Only Miguel Gonzalez and Joe Saunders, the club’s starters the previous two games, would be unavailable to go tonight.

Hammel will oppose Yankees ace CC Sabathia with Lew Ford and Robert Andino getting the start against the lefty.

*Wilson Betemit and Zach Britton will join the Orioles in New York this afternoon and they will be both be considered potential options for the ALCS should the Orioles advance. So would pitchers Jake Arrieta and Steve Johnson and position players Omar Quintanilla and Steve Tolleson.

*Top pitching prospects Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman both threw in the final day of fall instructional league in Florida today. Gausman topped out at 97mph with his fastball, and manager Buck Showalter said Bundy also got glowing reviews.
ORIOLES LINEUP
Nate McLouth LF
J.J. Hardy SS
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis RF
Matt Wieters C
Manny Machado 3B
Mark Reynolds 1B
Lew Ford DH
Robert Andino 2B

Jason Hammel RHP

YANKEES LINEUP
Derek Jeter SS
Ichiro Suzuki LF
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Raul Ibanez DH
Nick Swisher RF
Curtis Granderson CF
Russell Martin C
Eric Chavez 3B

CC Sabathia LHP

1 Comment

Thanks for another great season of report in on the O’s. I wanted to share this with you. It’s not sour grapes, it was a fun exercise in applying physics to baseball, at least for this physics teacher:
http://einstein.hempfieldsd.org/byoder/2012/10/15/my-playoff-experience/

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