O's Sweep Tigers
The Baltimore Orioles are going to the American League Championship Series for the first time since 1997 after a three-game sweep over the Detroit Tigers.
As a Baltimore fan for my entire 30 years, I have experienced many ups and downs, but this team has made given its fans plenty to be excited about. Led by Buck Showalter, the Orioles have been one of the league's most dominant teams over the past couple of seasons. This season, Baltimore is winning when it counts.
Powered by a two-run homer from AL Homerun leader Nelson Cruz, the Orioles held on the win against a talented Tigers team. Despite facing the last three Cy Young Award winners in Max Scherzer, Justin Verlander and David Price, the Orioles were able to complete the three game sweep.
Not many people gave the Orioles a chance to win this series in three games, but the gritty play of Baltimore continued to prove people wrong. Playing without three of its top players in Manny Machado, Matt Wieters and Chris Davis down the final stretch of the season, the Orioles continued to roll.
The Orioles will take on the winner of the Kansas City and Los Angeles series in the ALCS.