Baltimore Orioles have a big series at the Fens

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The Baltimore Orioles led by Buck Showalter find themselves in a first place tie in the AL East with Boston, who they will play the next three days.

Buck Showalter and his Baltimore Orioles find themselves in a tie for first place with the BoSox. And go figure, the O’s tonight will find themselves right in the lair of those BoSox at Fenway Park. The teams will play a three-game set, as they sit in a statistical tie for first in the American League East.

A couple of weeks ago the two teams split a four-game series at Camden Yards, which was an offensive shootout for the most part. These games being played at Fenway could involve even more offensive power given the dimensions of the park. It’s one of the few ballparks in the league which outdoes Oriole Park at Camden Yards as a hitter’s yard. For what it’s worth, the Birds took two-of-three there early in the season.

This is a big series folks, and one that could possibly set the tone for the remainder of the summer in the American League East. The division pennant won’t be decided this week – that I assure you. And while whomever loses this series won’t be out of it by any stretch of the imagination, the road will be just slightly tougher.

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  • Furthermore since dropping three-of-four in Toronto over the weekend, Toronto is now only three games back of the Birds and BoSox. So if they continue their winning ways this week they stand to make up some ground – on someone. I suspect the American League East will remain bunched together as it is now for much of the season. And that illustrates why this series is so important.

    The good news for the O’s is that the bullpen should be rested after an off day yesterday. What happens with the likes of Jimenez and the starting pitching moving forward from here remains to be seen. But the Orioles could afford to have a couple of good starts come their way for sure. That’s easier said than done in a park like Fenway, but as I said it’s something the O’s could afford to see.

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    As I said, it’s not the end of the world if the BIrds take a couple of losses in this series. But the road gets that much tougher. So the best advice would be to win this series. And perhaps when all’s said and done, you look back on it and tell yourself that it was a big series in the story of this season.