Best Two-of-Three: Orioles heading to New York

Baltimore 3, New York 2

Another one-run win for Baltimore.

And as I pointed out in an earlier post, the teams with the seven best records in W-L pct in games decided by two runs or less made the postseason.

But when it comes to one-run games, the Orioles were the best team in the majors and the Yankees were the 19th.

Here are the 2012 records of postseason teams in regular season one-run games

Tm W L W-L% 1Run
WSN 98 64 .605 27-21
CIN 97 65 .599 31-21
NYY 95 67 .586 22-25
SFG 94 68 .580 30-20
OAK 94 68 .580 25-18
ATL 94 68 .580 25-13
TEX 93 69 .574 24-22
BAL 93 69 .574 29-9
DET 88 74 .543 21-27
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 10/9/2012.
Yes, it was another one-run win for the Orioles last night, but more importantly the Orioles won last night because they held the Yankees to two runs.

Here are 2012 record of teams in games in which they scored two runs

Rk Tm G W L W-L%
1 PIT 18 8 10 .444
2 WSN 21 9 12 .429
3 SDP 27 11 16 .407
4 BAL 20 8 12 .400
5 NYY 15 6 9 .400
6 CIN 18 7 11 .389
7 KCR 22 8 14 .364
8 OAK 17 6 11 .353
9 ATL 27 8 19 .296
10 SFG 24 7 17 .292
11 TEX 23 6 17 .261
12 LAD 28 7 21 .250
13 LAA 21 5 16 .238
14 CLE 21 5 16 .238
15 MIL 13 3 10 .231
16 NYM 22 5 17 .227
17 CHW 22 5 17 .227
18 SEA 28 6 22 .214
19 HOU 21 4 17 .190
20 BOS 22 4 18 .182
21 TOR 28 5 23 .179
22 MIA 24 4 20 .167
23 DET 21 3 18 .143
24 COL 22 3 19 .136
25 STL 22 3 19 .136
26 ARI 23 3 20 .130
27 CHC 16 2 14 .125
28 MIN 25 3 22 .120
29 TBR 25 3 22 .120
30 PHI 22 2 20 .091
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 10/9/2012.

The other factor to be taken under consideration for Yankee Universe is that despite the Yankees five-run 9th inning uprising in game one, you simply don’t want to be dealing with the Orioles bullpen late in a game when they have the lead.

Here’s Baltimore W/L record throughout the regular season, inning-by-inning:


The series resumes Wednesday at the Stadium.