Tuesday Bird Droppings

Nate attempts to wrap his head around all the various playoff scenarios for the O's - Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

The Rays and Royals do their respective parts to keep the O's slim playoff hopes alive during yesterday's off-day

Let's face facts: the O's, currently sitting at 79-70, need to go 10-3 over their remaining schedule to have any significant hope of making the Wild Card play-in game. Maaaaaaaaaaaybe 9-4 will earn them a 1 game play-in to the play-in game if other scenarios break just right. The Rays and Royals beat the Rangers and Indians respectively last night, leaving the O's just 2.0 games out of the 2nd Wild Card. The Tribe now sit 1.5 games ahead of the O's, just 0.5 games out of the Wild Card. It is imperative that the Royals continue to beat them during their current series while at the same time the O's find a way to beat Boston.

Who am I kiddin?

Mapping playoff probabilities for each American League wild-card contender - MLB - ESPN
In$ider piece. But suffice to say, the O's playoff hopes are grim.

How are playoff rotations lining up? - SweetSpot Blog - ESPN

Playoffs!? Don't talk about playoffs!?

School of Roch: Updates on O'Day, Urrutia and Pearce (Betemit DFA'd, quote added)

Roster rumblings and whatnot

Camden Depot: Danny Valencia Is Doing His Best to Fix O's DH Problem

Remember when the general reaction to him possibly being suspended as a result of the Biogenesis fallout was 'meh'? Yeah...that would have been a huge loss for the O's recently.

Jones nominated for Roberto Clemente Award | Comcast SportsNet Baltimore

Adam continues to make his presence known throughout the community. Good job, Adam! And, thank you!

A Minor Review of 2013: Orioles | FanGraphs Baseball

I like this style of minor league review. Wish I had thought of it. Personally, I'd go with Michael Ohlman as 'The Riser' and Zach Davies as 'The Sleeper'.

Steve Melewski: Orioles alumni report

SteveO beats me to the punch on an idea I also had for a post.

Bird Talk #46 - Talking Baltimore Orioles BaseballBaltimore Sports and Life

For your Tuesday podcasting needs

On his date in 1955 Brooks Robinson made his MLB debut, going 2-4 in an O's win. In 1999 'Travel-Gate' occured, with the O's team charter leaving without Cal Ripken Jr., who had been delayed in traffic. GM Frank Wren makes the call to leave sans-Ironman, essentially sealing his own fate come the off-season when he is fired. The O's go on to beat the Twins, with Jesse Orosco claiming the Major League record for Appearances with 1072.

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