Thoughts after 7 innings Tigers, Orioles Game 1 ALDS
- Baltimore manager Buck Showalter had the advantage of being able to match up hitter against hitter with his bullpen much more than the Tigers' Brad Ausmus. Darren O' Day, so tough on right-handed hitters, is an example.
- A mixed bag on the Mac Scherzer start tonight. He did keep the Tigers in the game, but a base was open when Nelson Cruz homered. The Orioles go-ahead run came off a bloop hit. Scherzer was outstanding after that until the home run allowed to J.J. Hardy.
- I think Hardy is one of the most underrated players in MLB. He is a great fielder and has power from the shortstop position, which has become rare these days.