It was a long, lost night.
After the grueling 18-inning loss to the Tampa Bay Rays that ended after 2 a.m., the Orioles found themselves in a nearly impossible situation.
If they want to make the postseason, they’ll probably have to win, perhaps eight of their nine remaining games—and hope things go their way with the five other teams in the mix.
Tampa Bay (84-69) and Cleveland (84-70) are the wild-card leaders. Texas, which has lost 14 of 17 is a half-game back of the Indians. The Orioles (81-72) and Kansas City trail Cleveland by 2 ½. New York is three games back.
The Orioles have three games left with Tampa Bay, and unless they sweep them, their chances look dim. If they could sweep the Rays, then they’d be tied with them, but would still have to have help.
The Rangers and Royals play this weekend, The Indians play Houston, and the Yankees are playing San Francisco.
After the series in Tampa Bay, which concludes Monday afternoon, the Orioles return home for three games with Toronto and Boston, which clinched the AL East on Friday night.
They’re hoping those games still matter.