Texas Rangers win the ALDS as the Baltimore Orioles achieved their first-ever sweep this season.
All season long, the Orioles were not swept in a series. This played a significant role in their incredible season, which was Baltimore’s most successful in decades and an especially welcome return following an arduous reconstruction. Their youthful mobility was so strong that they managed to secure the best record in the American League.
But in October, that all came to an abrupt stop. The Orioles, making their first postseason trip in seven years, lost all three games in the ALDS after being swept by the Rangers.
They were defeated 7-1 in the decisive Game 3 on Tuesday. In his brief appearance, Baltimore’s starter, Dean Kremer, was tagged for six runs, ending his night for the second time in this series. The Orioles put just one runner in scoring position in the first seven innings against Rangers starter Nathan Eovaldi, demonstrating the offense’s lack of ability to overcome that deficit. A happy, carefree season came to a calm close.
Many of our players had never attended a postseason game before. After the game, Orioles manager Brandon Hyde told reporters, “So this hurts, and it’s okay to hurt.” “Having this kind of fuel for your fire during the off-season is OK. We’ll need some time to move past this a little bit. However, I believe that during spring training, our men will be hungry and hunting. The males returning, particularly the younger ones, are familiar with the taste and sensation of this, and it is disgusting. They will benefit later on if they did take the time to fully absorb it.
A 1-seed losing to a 5-seed in the series was an upset. However, based on the playoff format, it may not be as shocking as it seems. As Hyde noted, the majority of Baltimore was young and inexperienced. The Rangers outperformed the Orioles in run differential at the end of the regular season. Their pitching staff was almost equal (105 team ERA+ versus 106), but their offense was superior (114 team OPS+ versus 107). The AL’s top record belonged to the Orioles. However, the Rangers were undoubtedly a more formidable squad.
Nevertheless, the Orioles will have a lot to reflect on after their underwhelming postseason run. Their shallow rotation and incapacity to fill crucial middle relief innings when called upon were both consequences of their dearth of pitching depth. It’s true that there were injuries involved. However, practically every team experiences that during the playoffs, and the Orioles had very little cushion to absorb those hits, which left them floundering in October.
However, Baltimore’s youthful core should remain in place for many years to come. This season, they exceeded their expectations. That implies a greater standard for the following year—and hopefully more funding and development.
Hyde declared, “We were supposed to win 76 games.” “Won the American League East and 101 games. Very proud of our team. They won above all odds. We were never given a chance. For half a year, these men played their asses off. Unfortunately, we just didn’t play well for the final three. This this season has been quite successful, and these men will only get better in the future.