When the Orioles traded reliever Matt Lindstrom to the Arizona Diamondbacks in late August for veteran lefty Joe Saunders, the Orioles were dealing a surplus bullpen arm for needed playoff experience.
The transaction registered a blip on the national radar.
That's because no one knew the Orioles would be getting the pitching version of Mr. October.
And that's only a slight exaggeration considering the opposition Saunders has had to face and the intense situations in which he has had to thrive in his last two outings.
On Thursday, the 31-year-old southpaw was handed the ball with the Orioles' season on the ropes for the second time in a week.
Saunders was even...