Just four regular season games remain to the Orioles to determine whether or not they will make it into the wild card game, and one of them is tonight, started by Ubaldo Jimenez in Toronto. If that sounds crazy, that's because it is.
It's crazy that the Orioles, flawed as they are, have made it through 158 games to end up in sole possession of a postseason spot. Granted, it's the road wild card spot, but they're doing a whole lot better than a lot of other teams in MLB have done this year, despite not getting to play multiple soft teams in a weak division, having one of the worst starting rotations in MLB, and having an offense that has slumped mightily in the second half of the season.
The magic number is four, with four games to play. Oh, and by the way, the Tigers game this afternoon has been postponed - until Monday afternoon, where it will be played only if necessary. So the Orioles may not even know their exact fate by Sunday night, depending on how things shake out over the next few days. The best thing that they could do is win out. Then they will know their fate. But they're not going to win out. I mean, they might, but they won't.
So, strap in, because it's going to be a wild ride. And let's hope that the Orioles play well enough that it's not a wild ride without brakes, straight over a gorge where the bridge is out.
|BALTIMORE ORIOLES||TORONTO BLUE JAYS|
|Adam Jones - CF||Ezequiel Carrera - LF|
|Hyun Soo Kim - LF||Josh Donaldson - 3B|
|Manny Machado - 3B||Edwin Encarnacion - 1B|
|Mark Trumbo - DH||Jose Bautista - DH|
|Matt Wieters - C||Russell Martin - C|
|Chris Davis - 1B||Troy Tulowitzki - SS|
|Jonathan Schoop - 2B||Michael Saunders - RF|
|Michael Bourn - RF||Kevin Pillar - CF|
|J.J. Hardy - SS||Devon Travis - 2B|
|Ubaldo Jimenez - RHP||Marcus Stroman - RHP|