If many of the Orioles could stomach watching the first two games of the American League Championship Series, they would have been angry and maybe a little happy, too.
They couldn’t be blamed for thinking they’d do better against the Detroit Tigers than the Yankees have.
It’s natural to think that the Orioles took a lot out of New York. After the exhausting five-game Division Series, the Yankees had to be emotionally spent.
Having the LCS begin the day after the Division Series ends has to be exhausting. It’s also unprecedented. Watching the Yankees lose the first two games reminded many people of the 2003 World Series. After just a one-day rest after an emotional win over the Red Sox in the LCS, the Marlins won the first game at Yankee Stadium and beat the heavily-favored Yankees in six games.
It’s constantly pointed out that the Yankee offense was virtually non-existent save for the five-run inning against Jim Johnson a week ago.
While the Orioles batted an awful .187, the Yankees only hit .211.
The Orioles and Tigers split six games during the season. With Justin Verlander not pitching until the third game, perhaps the Orioles could have one at least one of the first two.
The Tigers would have had the advantage. They would have played the first two games at Comerica Park and the Orioles would have had to travel to Detroit with no rest.
Adam Jones does have a rooting interest. During the off-season, he works out with Quintin Berry, the Tigers’ outfielder. Jones and Berry were contemporaries in San Diego and Berry tutored him on the nuances of base stealing last winter.