Now I know what you’re thinking, how dare I say the Subway Series not be the best interleague rivalry in baseball? Let me tell you, this series has picked up over the years, and it is now in its prime years. The Orioles and Nationals are two of the best teams in baseball at the moment. Both rosters are stacked with all-stars, and I’m itching to see them play more than four times a year. If these two meet in the World Series, it could be some of the best baseball we’ve seen in awhile.
The rivalry has heated up this year in particular. Matt Wieters, a four time all-star with the Orioles, left Baltimore for D.C. this past winter. I’m sure some of his former Oriole teammates took that to heart. Those same teammates were dealt another blow from the newest Nats catcher. Trailing 6-2 on Wednesday night with just six outs to work with, the Nats scored two in the 8th, making it a two run game heading to their final at bats. Jayson Werth led off the 9th with a solo shot, then the Nats loaded the bases. In stepped Wieters, facing one of his former battery mates, Brad Brach. Wieters hit a grounder past a diving Chris Davis, and two runs came around to win it for the Nats and complete the comeback against their interleague foes.
Another interesting development could be in the works for this series. Manny Machado, the Orioles’ star third baseman, is set to become a free agent at season’s end. Anthony Rendon is the current Nationals third baseman. He too is a free agent at the end of this season. Could the Nats make a run at Machado? If they do, they probably will not be able to re-sign Bryce Harper, who will become a free agent at the end of next year. It may be a longshot, but what a storyline it would be if an O’s all-star left for the nation’s capital back to back years.
Whether that happens remains to be seen, but what is happening in this series is as real as it gets. The fourth game of their series was postponed due to rain. That makeup game will be a fun one to watch, and it is a real possibility that this year’s World Series, will be another great installment of the Beltway Series.