The Baltimore Orioles don’t normally play well in Toronto. This much we know, historically at least. Granted they did take two-of-three north of the border back in April. But in general they just don’t play well north of the border.
And while the Birds have gotten themselves together a bit over the course of the past two games, it’s concerning that they’re heading up there now. I’ll be honest; I think that part of the issue is that Toronto tries as hard as they can to be disagreeable. And in general they succeed at it.
Ultimately this tactic antagonizes opponents, especially one like the Orioles – who try to be as professional as possible at all times. Unfortunately, the Orioles buy into this tactic at times, hook, line, and sinker. Yes Toronto’s tactics are at times despicable – staring people down, hot dogging on home runs, and boorish celebrations. But the O’s would do well to not let these things get to them, because that’s Toronto’s aim.
This is a big series for the O’s, because suddenly they’ve found themselves a bit on the uptick, whereas the rest of the division is a bit down. If they could pull two-of-three in this series they’d be in very good shape moving forward. But as always, it all comes down to starting pitching.