The Baltimore Orioles slim playoff chances dwindled following a second straight surprising loss to the Detroit Tigers. With 14 games to go, the Orioles still sit five games out of the last wildcard spot. They aren’t out of the race yet, but it is looking less likely with every loss.
Seattle is currently holding done the last spot. Thankfully, they aren’t winning many games right now either. Their remaining schedule is the biggest concern for the Orioles. The Mariners play the four teams with the worst records in the American League (Texas, Detroit, Oakland, and Kansas City).
After finishing their series with the Tigers, the Baltimore Orioles finish the season against three teams currently in the playoffs (Houston, New York, and Toronto) and Boston, who is still tough to beat. It isn’t exactly easy sledding to finish the year, and it is unlikely that Baltimore can make up four and half games against Toronto in the next 12 games to give a chance at a sweep to tie scenario.
The Baltimore Orioles’ playoff hopes have rapidly faded.
Unfortunately, the best chance for the Orioles to sneak into October is overtaking Tampa Bay who currently holds a five and a half game lead. The Rays’ schedule is fierce heading down the stretch (Houston, Toronto, Cleveland, and Boston). Again, same as Baltimore, they face three playoff-bound teams and Boston.
In truth, Baltimore needs to win and win most of their remaining games. Their offensive struggles need to stop yesterday. This young team needs to figure out how to rise to the occasion. This can be a character-building experience.
With that said, this has been a great season whether the Baltimore Orioles make the playoffs or not. Expectations were not high for this team coming into the season. This was a 52-win team last year, and they didn’t exactly break the bank brining in free agents.
There is a ton to like from this Baltimore Orioles team. Home grown talent has been the source for most of the key players. Plus, there are plenty more in the pipeline. Playoffs or not, the future is bright in the Charm City.