- Ben Lindbergh, Baseball Prospectus
A Baltimore Orioles fan might put money on the O's to win their wild-card play-in game against the Texas Rangers on Friday night, but a betting man wouldn't, at least with even odds. Then again, by now the betting man might have already gone broke backing Baltimore's opponents.
The Orioles have spent the whole season surprising people. First, they flouted the expectation that they couldn't compete in the AL East, then the near-certainty that they couldn't sustain their early-season success (or, for that matter, their success later in the season). To reach the American League Division Series, they'll have to have one more surprise in store.
Ben Lindbergh says that in a one-game playoff, the Orioles' effective bullpen might be a better option than pushing their starter deep into the game.