What else can baseball fans do in January but dream of October? In You May Say I'm a Dreamer, the Outside Corner staff will imagine the route to a World Series in 2013 title for all 30 teams.
After a miraculous 2012 season, the Baltimore Orioles weren't counted on to contend again in 2013. They were called a fluke, a one-year wonder, and quite frankly, just not a contender in the loaded AL East. But here we are, and eight months after the Ravens brought a Super Bowl championship to Baltimore, the Orioles have brought Charm City a World Series championship.
Much like in 2012, the Orioles used a strong bullpen to thrive in 2013. Closer Jim Johnson followed up a 51 save, 2.49 ERA 2012 by saving 47 games and posting a 2.77 ERA. Brian Matusz, who thrived in the bullpen late in the season, continued his success in his new role, striking out 93 hitters in 79 innings and pitching to a 1.14 ERA as the primary setup man for Johnson. Troy Patton and Darren O'Day also solidified the Orioles bullpen by repeating their fantastic seasons from 2012, and the team's 28-11 record in one-run games was pretty damn similar to their 29-9 record in 2012.no comments