NEW YORK -- It’s a common trend in the postseason, but through the
’ first four playoff games, starting pitching has dominated.
In four postseason games, the Orioles starters own a 1.82 ERA (5 ER in 24 2/3 IP), the second best mark of all playoff teams to the
No Orioles starter has allowed more than two earned runs this postseason, and the Orioles are a combined two outs away from getting quality starts in all four games – wild-card winner
“If you see how it’s evolved, the teams that are playing this time of the year have good pitching,” Orioles manager
"I think there's a little more rest involved," Showalter said. "This time of the year you don't worry about giving a guy five, six, seven days off because they're a lot more in sync mechanically. They've pitched so many innings and have had so many times out there, so many reps that rest only does them well. You see a little crisper fastball, a little sharper breaking ball. Also, I think pitchers pitch every fifth days, our bullpen guys maybe every other day, hitters hit and play every day, and this time of year I think pitchers have a little advantage."
Here's how the Orioles' starters have done this postseason.