Orioles have to ask: "Could we beat the Giants?"

Orioles have to ask: "Could we beat the Giants?"
October 26, 2012, 9:00 am
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In this Friday, June 10, 2011, photo, Baltimore Orioles' Adam Jones congratulates J.J. Hardy after a leadoff home run against the Tampa Bay Rays in a baseball game in Baltimore.

(AP Photo/Gail Burton)

If the Orioles were watching the Detroit Tigers sweep the New York  Yankees and the San Francisco Giants handle the Tigers in the first two games of the World Series, they were probably thinking: “We could have done better than this.”

The Giants, who were decided underdogs in the Series, took a 2-0 lead on Thursday night with their win over the Tigers.

The Series heads to Detroit for what the Tigers hope will be three games. It’s been 16 years since a team with a 2-0 lead lost the World Series. In 1996, the Atlanta Braves won the first two games at Yankee Stadium before the Yankees won four straight to begin their great run.

For many American League partisans, this series brings back memories of the last time Detroit played in one. Six years ago, the Tigers had another long layoff before the World Series and the St. Louis Cardinals handled them in four straight.

That Tigers team is gone now, and only three players, including Justin Verlander remain. It was also an error-filled World Series. This one is not.

The Giants have outpitched Detroit. The Tigers are terrific at home, and Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder and Delmon Young are going to have to start hitting on Saturday night.

Otherwise, I’ll have to remind everyone that no team in the World Series has ever overcome a 3-0 deficit to win.