Joe Buck is a winner.
Not necessarily a great one, but a winner nonetheless.
The Baltimore Orioles slugger, who is one of the sport’s all-time greats, won his third World Series ring last night.
Buck had a 2.21 ERA in the postseason, but the Orioles were the best team in the league.
The Orioles swept the Chicago Cubs in seven games and won the AL Central title with a 5-1 record.
That was a big improvement on the Orioles 2-2 record in 2011, when Buck went 8-6 in the regular season, including 6-6 against the Tigers.
But there are many things wrong with the Baltimore Orioles in 2010.
The team’s rotation was one of its weakest in the modern era, allowing at least 12 earned runs in six of its last seven games.
The offense was the worst in the American League.
The bullpen was one reason the Orioles missed the playoffs in 2010, with the bullpen failing to reach the postseason in each of the previous four years.
And the team’s lack of success on the mound could have been attributed to its pitching.
It took the Orioles to the World Series in 2010 when they had just one starter above .300 with a 6.29 ERA.
That season, the Orioles bullpen allowed the fewest runs in the AL in a 10-game span.
But they also gave up the most homers in the NL, allowing the fewst in the majors.
The lack of quality pitching is one thing, but when a team can’t score runs, it can’t win baseball games.
That’s what happened in the Orioles’ first-round sweep of the Chicago White Sox.
That team’s top three hitters all finished with zero home runs.
The other two top-five hitters on the roster — outfielder Lorenzo Cain, shortstop Jed Lowrie and catcher Adam Jones — combined for 13 homers.
It’s possible that this year’s Orioles can do something similar.
The Blue Jays, who went 11-6 last season, were the worst team in baseball in terms of ERA and batting average.
Their bullpen struggled, allowing an average of 15 earned runs per game.
But it was also the worst offense in baseball, allowing a league-high 116 runs in 28 games.
It was the Blue Jays’ first World Series appearance since 2010.
It would be a big surprise if the Blue Jay bullpen can repeat those results this year.
The Royals won’t be as bad as last year, but they still have some question marks.
The club has struggled mightily, allowing more than 50 runs just three times in its past 20 games.
But the team is still just four games under .500.
The Kansas City Royals have the best ERA in baseball at 3.26, but it’s still a little too low for the best starting pitching.
If the Royals could hit .500 and win a World Series this year, it would be the greatest achievement in sports.
The Cleveland Indians, a team with a reputation for being one of baseball’s worst, were one of three teams that finished the regular-season with an ERA above 3.00 in every game last year.
They were the only team to do so.
The pitching was so bad last year that Cleveland lost three of its final four games.
And, of course, there were the injuries.
The Indians are one of two teams to miss the postseason this year after losing three of their final four.
The one team that missed the postseason last year was the Atlanta Braves, who finished with a 4.26 ERA in their final 30 games.
This year’s Braves are 2-4, and their ERA is still over 3.20.
If they can’t get off to a good start in this year of big league pitching, the team will have a tough time making it out of the wild-card round.
The Washington Nationals have been a disappointment for a while.
They have lost their last two games, including the final two in Washington, and have a record of 5-10.
But that didn’t stop the team from going 9-7 in 2010 and winning its second straight pennant.
The Nationals have the league’s second-worst ERA and are among the worst hitters in baseball.
The rotation was terrible in 2010 with only one starter reaching the postseason.
But manager Andy Green has a very strong bullpen and should be able to give the Nationals a run for their money in the playoffs.
It might be too early to declare the Nationals as a legitimate contender in the National League, but their success in the past couple of seasons might be enough to convince fans to start tuning in to see what they have in store.
The New York Yankees have been among the best teams in baseball for some time.
They finished with the league MVP award in 2010 but were swept in the divisional round by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
But in 2011 they were a better team, finishing the regular seasons with a 2-1 mark and winning the