The calendar has turned to September and the Orioles are not going away. Maintaining a stranglehold on first place in the American League East since mid-July, the Orioles currently sit 2.5 games ahead of the Rays and 9 games ahead of defending World-Champion Houston Astros for the final wild card spot. While nothing is guaranteed, it seems safe to at least pencil the Orioles into the playoffs this year for the first time since 2016.
The last time I prepared a 26-man roster of Orioles, it was to celebrate the start of the 2023 season and to take a trip down memory lane of some of the best Orioles hitters and pitchers since 2000. While that was a fun article to write, this article has more of a basis in reality - my prediction on the 26 Orioles most likely to make the postseason roster.
Who are the 26 players the Orioles could carry on a playoff roster?
For purposes of this article, I assume the Orioles will carry 12 pitchers and 14 position players, though they could opt to go 13 and 13.