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Tuesday Bird Droppings: The Orioles’ postseason conquerors continue to roll

The Texas Rangers haven’t missed a beat since eliminating the O’s, taking a 2-0 series lead over the defending champion Astros in the ALCS.

Championship Series - Texas Rangers v Houston Astros - Game Two Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

Good morning, Camden Chatters.

If you can stomach watching postseason baseball after the Orioles’ untimely elimination — and nobody would blame you if you can’t — the two League Championship Series delivered a couple of tense, hard-fought games last night. That included the opener of the NLCS in Philadelphia, in which the Phillies continued to mash dingers in a 5-3 win over the Diamondbacks.

In the ALCS, meanwhile, the apparently unstoppable Texas Rangers continue to dominate all comers, winning in Houston for the second straight night to take a 2-0 series lead home to Arlington. The Rangers are looking like a team of destiny right now, or at least a club that got scalding hot at exactly the right time. They’re now a perfect 7-0 in these playoffs, tied for the second-longest win streak to open a postseason in MLB history.

I will say that I’m not feeling quite as salty about the Orioles’ hasty exit after seeing how the Rangers have similarly trounced their other competitors. They swept the 99-win Rays in two games, swept the 101-win Orioles in three, and now have a commanding lead on the defending champion Astros, who are playing in their seventh straight ALCS. If the Rangers advance to the World Series, they most certainly will have earned it. Good for them, I suppose. I’m not exactly rooting for them, but I hold no particular ill will toward them, either. Except that they love listening to Creed, which is simply unacceptable.

As the Orioles-less postseason rolls on, do you have a particular favorite, Camden Chatters?


Who are you rooting for during the remainder of the 2023 postseason?

This poll is closed

  • 1%
    The Astros
    (5 votes)
  • 30%
    The Rangers
    (126 votes)
  • 24%
    The Phillies
    (101 votes)
  • 18%
    The Diamondbacks
    (75 votes)
  • 24%
    The meteor
    (101 votes)
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