Q1. The O’s are set to face the Tigers in the ALDS with the possibility for 3 games at Camden Yards. Which Oriole and which Tiger do you think will be the X-factor in the series for their respective teams?
Q2. The Orioles will almost assuredly run out a “Stars and Scrubs” lineup featuring Hardy, Jones, Markakis, and Cruz, and Pierce being accompanied by Johnson, Flaherty, Lough, and Joseph. Will the O’s be able to generate enough offense to beat a terrific Detroit rotation with several guys expected to play bench roles coming into 2014 as starters?
Q3. The last time the O’s played in the ALDS, the Birds and the Yankees combined to score just 5.2 runs per game. Do you expect another low-scoring series, this time against Detroit? Or do you think that offense will prevail despite the pitching matchups?
Q4. Chris Tillman has been named the Game 1 starter for the ALDS, and he’s been on quite the run over his past 20 starts or so. How much confidence do you have in Tillman to go up against Max Scherzer or David Price in the first game of the series?
Q5. Make your prediction for the ALDS. Which team wins, how many games, etc.