First, shoutout to all the Baltimore fans who showed up and provided a great playoff like atmosphere in August. A mixture of a jab from Dusty Baker, the defending champions in town and their beloved color commentator being suspended unjustly by the owner of the Cabal er. I mean Orioles. The young Orioles have drawn a lot of similarities to the Young Astros that started this Dynasty run with the likes of Adley Rutschman and Gunnar Henderson and other top prospects being called up week after week, as well as the brain trust of Mike Elias and Sig Mejdal leading the charge in the front office after branching off the Jeff Luhnow tree.
This Orioles team is better than that 2015 Astros team but both teams carry that we are too young and dumb mentally to hear all the outside noise from media pundits and all we know what to do is win with zero expectations which in hand makes those young and dumb teams extremely dangerous. We got a small sample size of that last night when this Orioles put up 6 runs on Framber Valdez who was one start removed from a no-no. The game was chalked, the Orioles got to the Houston Ace and was handing it off to their elite bullpen.
I received that text last night from a player in the league, talking about this Houston Astros win. You simply just can’t count these guys out in big moments in big games. This season has been turbulent, all seasons after a championship carry certain expectations, the words “repeat” and “back to back” have been said more in the city than ever before. Yet, as we head down the stretch the boys have put themselves in a spot to fulfill expectations even when at times fans have counted them out. Hell I counted them out in the 8th inning when Yennier Cano stepped on the mound.
Jeremy Peña saw a steady diet of spin and brought in a RBI Steak that we all seemed as just the typical box score cushion. We flip to the top of the 9th, prodigal son Jon Singleton comes off the bench cold sees 101-102 mph fastballs up and 94 split fingers down from then Cy Young Candidate and closer Felix Bautista and draws an insane walk. Jose Altuve steals a pitching wedge and golfs a single, Yordan Alvarez laces a long single off the centerfield wall and then Kyle Tucker stepped into the batter’s box.
Championship players make championship plays. Again, a huge congratulations to Kyle Tucker as he wins the MVPNNSO award!