Two weeks from now, the regular season ends, and unless the Orioles play far better than they have been, their year will conclude—much earlier than they’d hoped.
After Saturday’s loss in Toronto, the Orioles are 3 ½ games out of the Wild Card. Texas, loser of five straight, and Tampa Bay are tied for the two spots. Cleveland is 1 ½ games out, New York three out, and both the Orioles and Kansas City are 3 ½.
The Orioles play in Toronto on Sunday, and after Monday’s off day, play three in Boston, four at Tampa Bay before concluding the season at home with six games-three with the Blue Jays and four more with the Red Sox.
To play in the postseason, the Orioles might have to win 11 or even 12 of their final 14 games. During their best stretch in late May and early June, they won 10 out of 15. In July, they once won eight of nine, but never were more than 14 games over .500.
Since July 22, when they were 57-43, the Orioles are 21-27.
The Rays and Rangers each have 81 wins, the Indians have 80. Baltimore probably has to win 90 to have a shot.
Tampa Bay, which lost 13 of 17, but has won three straight, finishes with Sunday’s game with the Twins, four against Texas and the Orioles and three each at New York at Toronto.
The Rangers, whose collapse last fall sent them into the Wild Card game against the Orioles, play Oakland, who they now trail by 5 ½ in the West on Sunday, four at Tampa Bay, three at Kansas City and conclude with three with Houston and four with the Angels.
Cleveland looks for a four-game sweep against Chicago today, then plays three at Kansas City, four with Houston, two with the White Sox, and concludes with four at Minnesota.