MLB Playoffs 2013: Boston Red Sox Really Need To Figure Out Baltimore Orioles

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It used to be the case that the Boston Red Sox would routinely beat up the Baltimore Orioles. It got to the point that whenever the Red Sox would go to Camden Yards, Boston fans would show up in Baltimore, making the games seem like easy home wins. That is no longer the case on both counts.

Lately, Baltimore has really had Boston’s number, perhaps more so than any other team in all of MLB. How can Red Sox fans forget 2011, when the Orioles put the final nail in the coffin of an absolutely epic collapse? Boston needed to make sure that didn’t happen again, and it won’t in the 2013 regular season.

However, the Red Sox still have three more games against Baltimore on the road. Boston has to be able to take care of business and make sure that those games don’t matter. Baltimore has a lot of fight and are a tough team across the board.

One aspect of the Orioles that has really drawn a lot of attention over the last couple of seasons is their bullpen and how good it is. They have a lot of power arms who throw very hard, and it all ends with Jim Johnson, who is one of the best, and perhaps one of the most underrated closers in the league.

Boston should not want to face Baltimore in the playoffs. The Orioles are a team that matches up extremely well with Boston, particularly in the bullpen. Brian Matusz absolutely owns David Ortiz. He is 1-for-18 against him lifetime with 11 strikeouts . While Baltimore doesn’t have what might be considered a true ace, Chris Tillman has been as much of a Red Sox killer as any starter in the league.

They can be so dangerous in a short series. It used to be that Red Sox Nation would curse New York Yankees, but lately it’s been the Orioles.

Carter Roane is a Boston Red Sox writer for Rantsports.com. Follow him on Twitter@CarterGRoane, “Like”him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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