5 Orioles players that need to play better for Baltimore to have any chance in ALDS

Several Orioles players are going to have to pick things up if Baltimore wants to have any chance of overcoming their 2-0 deficit in the ALDS.

Division Series - Texas Rangers v Baltimore Orioles - Game Two
Division Series - Texas Rangers v Baltimore Orioles - Game Two / Greg Fiume/GettyImages
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Jacob Webb

Bullpen guys are easy scapegoats in the postseason because each individual inning and play has added importance. While that isn't entirely fair, it is hard to argue that the work done by Jacob Webb so far in the postseason has been optimal.

Webb has appeared in both games against the Rangers and gave up earned runs in both of them courtesy of home runs including Mitch Garver's game breaking grand slam in Game Two. Webb was very decent in the regular season with a 3.69 ERA including giving up six homers in 53.2 innings of work. The last thing the Orioles need is for him to become homer prone against a Rangers team that likes to hit a lot of them.

Adley Rutschman

One thing that the Orioles had going for them was the perceived advantage they had at catcher in Adley Rutschman. In just two short seasons in the big leagues, Adley has turned into one of the best catchers in all of baseball and posted a line of .277/.374/.435 with 20 homers this season.

Sadly, Adley's performance so far in the ALDS has left a lot to be desired as he has gone 1-8 with a walk. Is there some small sample size weirdness happening here? Perhaps, but that is the playoffs for ya and when you combine that with Grayson Rodriguez getting absolutely shelled in Game Two with Adley calling the game behind the plate and you have a pretty disappointing series from him so far.