O's need big series from Machado
Key matchups and players in New York-Baltimore series, plus a prediction
The Orioles pulled their 20-year-old third baseman up from Double-A in August, and the talented youngster managed to hold his own down the stretch, even while making the adjustment from shortstop at the same time. Although he's still rough around the edges, Machado already has shown that he's capable of driving the baseball, especially against left-handers.
If the series goes five games, the Yankees will throw a left-handed starter in three of them, and the Orioles will need production from Machado to offset those southpaws' ability to neutralize power hitters Jim Thome and Chris Davis.
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