Detroit Tigers vs. Baltimore Orioles 2014 ALDS Series Pick, Odds, Prediction
Detroit Tigers (90-72) at Baltimore Orioles (96-66)
Detroit Tigers vs. Baltimore Orioles
The Line: Baltimore Orioles / Detroit Tigers --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Baltimore Orioles and Detroit Tigers play in what should be an entertaining 2014 ALDS matchup between two historic baseball teams with fan bases that are hungry for a world series.
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Before game 1, you can get the Orioles at odds of +120 and the Tigers at -140. If you read my power rankings heading into the playoffs, you’d know that I think the Orioles are the best team in baseball.
So, there’s no question who I have winning this series.
Although the Orioles lost the regular season series 5-1, they have the home field advantage, a place where they were 50-31, which was the second best home record in the AL. People are also backing the Tigers because of their All-Star rotation, but the Orioles had a 3.61 starters ERA, while the Tigers had a starters ERA of 3.89. Let’s not even get into the Tigers bullpen, which has one of the worst ERAs in baseball at 4.23 and has given up countless games that the Tigers should have won. The Orioles have one of the best bullpens in baseball with an ERA of 3.12 and K/9 of 7.85, which is seventh in the league. The Baltimore Orioles may not have an ace in their rotation and don’t have the household names, but they get the job done and have produced more than the Detroit Tigers.
Offensively, you have to give the edge to the Tigers considering they’re second in the league in runs scored and first in batting average. A batting lineup of Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez and Torii Hunter is scary and tough to deal with. However, the Tigers better hope that lineup produces consistently, as Detroit has lost nine of their last 11 games when being held to three or less runs. The Tigers have to put up runs by the truckload to get the job done and given the fact the Orioles have allowed three or less runs in 14 of their last 23 games, it’s not going to be easy. Offensively, the Orioles are also Top 10 in both batting average and runs scored, as a combination of Nelson Cruz and Adam Jones is one of the best 1-2 punches in baseball.
Yes, the Orioles are banged up with no Chris Davis, Matt Wieters or Manny Machado. But the O’s have been without those guys for a while and have done just fine by playing “next man up”.
The Orioles are a close bunch, have home field and are the more balanced team when compared to the Tigers.
I really like the Orioles in this series and suggest you back them to win it as long as you’re getting plus money.