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  1. I’m glad the “Orioles are just lucky” meme is starting to die. They erased their sizable run differential in about two months. As a Yankees fan I’m looking forward to seeing these two teams match up because they had already played some really entertaining games against each other in September.

    Comment by Brian S. — October 7, 2012 @ 3:41 pm

  2. The Yankees don’t have names on the backs of their jerseys :). Let’s go O’s!

    Comment by Richie — October 7, 2012 @ 3:55 pm

  3. “Don’t just look at the names on the back of the jerseys and assume New York is going to roll.”

    Well considering the Yankees don’t have names on the back of their jerseys, this shouldn’t be a problem.

    Comment by Matt Hunter — October 7, 2012 @ 3:57 pm

  4. Just goes to show how predictive all of this is. At the end of the day Fangraphs is about as accurate as Heyman or any ESPN analyst.

    Comment by Steve-P — October 7, 2012 @ 9:50 pm

  5. Nice to see some solid analysis of the Orioles. Of all the ink spilled on the Orioles this year there has been little attempt to actually look at the team and the guys who are contributing to it. Instead, lazy writers are obsessed with finding a certain narrative to explain it, and either predict it will stop or continue.

    Comment by Gerry — October 7, 2012 @ 11:29 pm

  6. one of hundreds of reasons to hate the Yankees!

    Comment by kiss my GO NATS — October 7, 2012 @ 11:43 pm

  7. Did anyone predict anything? He said that the Orioles can win this series, which was true when he said it and is still true now. In fact, I’d say Fangraphs tries to predict things a lot less than most mainstream analysts, because here at Fangraphs we recognize that baseball is entirely unpredictable, as Cameron says in the first paragraph.

    Comment by Matt Hunter — October 8, 2012 @ 1:07 am

  8. I think Tommy was a RP throughout college. This is his ‘natural’ position.

    Comment by Nate — October 8, 2012 @ 8:15 am

  9. Well, looking at Hunter’s splits back at mid-season, I picked up on it then that Hunter would be best as a reliever. The first time thru the lineup, he’s almost lights out. After the 3rd or 4th inning, he gets lit up. And career-wise, Hunter has always been like that. I think the only reason Showalter used Hunter as a starter when he did is because he had no other choices. But when he was sent down and Tillman was recalled, Tillman kinda forced Hunter to return to the bullpen, and he was better off for it.

    I still wouldn’t give him the ball with runners on base and/or in a tight game because he still gives up way to many hits even as a reliever, but he is better out of the bullpen.

    Comment by Dave in GB — October 8, 2012 @ 2:16 pm

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