|Brewers @ Orioles|
The Orioles still had some talent in 1987, but their pitching was awful and their defense wasn’t much better. Interesting to hear about all the all-star free agents like Tim Raines and Ron Guidry to still not be playing in April of that year. Because they still are not under contract. The Milwaukee Brewers were interesting in 1987. Led the AL East for the first part of that year starting the season with like a 10-0 record. A very good power-hitting team, but once you got past Teddy Higuera, not enough pitching to keep pace with the Detroit Tigers, Toronto Blue Jays and even New York Yankees in 87.
I think the collapse of the Orioles where they went from being an annual World Series contender that made the AL Playoffs practically every year in the 1970s, that won three World Series from 1966-83 and six AL Championships and six AL East Championships in that time period as well, can be traced to their inability to maintain their pitching. Especially their starting pitching where by 87 if not 86, they really only had Mike Bodicker that they could count on as a starting pitcher. The defense was also a big problem for them in 87-88 even though offensively they could still score runs and hit the ball out of the ballpark with Eddie Murray, Cal Ripken, Larry Fred Lynn, Larry Sheets and perhaps a few others.