Good morning, Camden Chatters.
As the old saying goes in Birdland, we’ve got two favorite teams: the Orioles, and whoever’s playing the Yankees.
The former isn’t involved in the 2019 postseason, but the latter is, and it’s the Astros, who have built a comfortable three games to one lead over New York in the ALCS.
Game 5 of the series is tonight in the Bronx, and Houston could finish the Yankees’ season right here and now. The Astros have one of their many aces, Justin Verlander, taking the hill against James Paxton.
Watching the Yankees lose, of course, is no replacement for watching a successful Orioles team. It’s hard to taunt, “Haha, you losers!” to a team that finished 49 games ahead of the O’s in the standings this season and went 17-2 against them in the season series. Birds fans would kill for their club to be even remotely as successful as the Yanks. I get it.
Still, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t take some delight in seeing the Yankees stumble over their own feet for the last three games. I particularly enjoyed the eighth inning last night, in which three different Yankees infielders committed misplays on three consecutive plays as the Astros padded their lead.
Tonight, they can deliver the finishing blow. And the Yankees will experience the World Series the same way the Orioles will: by watching it from their couches.
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Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! You have four O’s birthday buddies, including Alan Mills (53), who most recently was named Gulf Coast League Manager of the Year for leading the GCL Orioles to a league-best 38-15 record in 2019. Mills spent nine years pitching for the Orioles and posted a 4.16 ERA in 346 games, but was perhaps best known for clocking Darryl Strawberry in the O’s dugout during a benches-clearing fracas at Yankee Stadium.
Other Orioles born on this day were lefty Garrett Olson (36), righty Terry Clark (59), and right-hander Ed Farmer (70), who faced a grand total of two batters as an Oriole and retired neither of them, putting him in the club’s record books with an infinity ERA. He had a decent 11-year major league career elsewhere, though.