Despite already being eliminated from playoff contention the Baltimore Orioles proved this weekend they’re ready to take on the role of spoiler.
It’s August 25th, and the Baltimore Orioles have already been eliminated from playoff contention for two days. With a record of 43-88 many fans have their eyes set at the first pick of the 2020 MLB Draft. However, the Orioles showed us this weekend they have their eyes on playing spoiler.
After dropping the first two games of a four-game players weekend series with the Tampa Bay Rays, the Birds fought back and dominated in the final two games of the series to earn a split. With the losses, Tampa Bay has remained in a tie with the Oakland A’s for the second AL Wildcard spot rather than having a two-game lead over Oakland who also lost two games this weekend.
We’ve already seen the Orioles begin to take on the roll of spoiler when they took two out of three from the Red Sox back in July which helped set them back into the position of being playoff long shots they’re in now.
With 31 games to play and no chance of October, the Orioles will at least have plenty of cracks to continue their role of spoiler.
That will begin Tuesday when they begin a two-game series with the rival Washington Nationals who currently hold a slim lead in the National League wild card race. Then in September Baltimore will have three games with the playoff-hopeful Rays, three with the Los Angeles Dodgers who are hoping to secure home field throughout the playoffs and three with the Red Sox who still hold slim playoff hopes.
While many are probably rooting for the Orioles to drop as many games as possible and secure the first overall pick in next year’s draft, the O’s have proved all year long they will not quit.
Thus, don’t expect anything but 110% effort from these Orioles who look to ruin the vibes of several clubhouses around the league who are still hoping to play October baseball.