A .500 record is still not out of the question for the Orioles, although they will have to win both of their two remaining games in order to get to that modest 81-81 mark for the season. To reach it, they'll have to rack up two wins against a Yankees team that decidedly needs a win. New York is still looking to lock up the home field advantage in the wild card game. Any Astros loss would also serve the same function for them - but the Yankees can't control how the Diamondbacks play. They can control how the Orioles play.
Here's hoping the Orioles didn't use up their entire allotment of runs for the day when they beat the Yankees in the day portion of this day-night doubleheader. They scored nine runs. With Ubaldo Jimenez pitching in the nightcap, you never know how many more runs they might need.
With the nine runs they scored in that first game of the doubleheader, the O's have now scored 700 runs as a team in the 2015 season. I make note of this because that leaves them five short of last year's mark of 705 runs scored. For all of the suck we've seen, for all that at least three whole lineup spots were total offensive disaster areas for basically the whole season, still they're within a handful of runs of last season's total output on offense.
|NEW YORK YANKEES||BALTIMORE ORIOLES|
|Jacoby Ellsbury - CF||Nolan Reimold - CF|
|Dustin Ackley - LF||Gerardo Parra - RF|
|Carlos Beltran - DH||Manny Machado - 3B|
|Brian McCann - C||Chris Davis - 1B|
|Greg Bird - 1B||Steve Pearce - LF|
|Rob Refsnyder - 2B||Steve Clevenger - DH|
|Didi Gregorius - SS||Caleb Joseph - C|
|Slade Heathcott - RF||Ryan Flaherty - 2B|
|Brendan Ryan - 3B||Paul Janish - SS|
|Luis Severino - RHP||Ubaldo Jimenez - RHP|