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Saturday night Orioles game thread: vs. Rays, 7:05

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The Orioles try to avoid both a losing season and playoff elimination on Saturday night against the Rays. Don’t hold your breath.

New York Yankees v Baltimore Orioles Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images

The Orioles must now win every one of their remaining seven games to avoid a losing season. Jeremy Hellickson is starting tonight. So if you weren’t already thinking you could forget about it, you can forget about it happening. I mean, come on.

If you’re reading this, I assume you probably like the Orioles a lot. I certainly do. Which is why this season feels like such a disappointment. I want them to be good. After a 22-10 start, I thought they would be good - or at least, not bad.

All that they had to be was “not bad” to really compete for the second wild card spot this year. That’s all! None of the competitors are good. Yet even that level of mediocrity has eluded the Orioles. They faked it for a long time this season, dragging feet through a summer that was at times rather brutal, but it was only this month where the wheels have finally fallen off the cart.

The Orioles are 6-15 in September. It’s pathetic. They were above .500 as recently as September 8 and now they are seven games below .500. The Orioles haven’t won consecutive games all month and they are averaging just 2.9 runs scored per game. It’s hard to be that bad. The Orioles are up to that challenge.

Today's Lineups

TAMPA BAY RAYS BALTIMORE ORIOLES
Kevin Kiermaier - CF Tim Beckham - SS
Lucas Duda - 1B Manny Machado - 3B
Evan Longoria - 3B Jonathan Schoop - 2B
Logan Morrison - DH Adam Jones - CF
Steven Souza - RF Chris Davis - 1B
Corey Dickerson - LF Trey Mancini - LF
Wilson Ramos - C Mark Trumbo - DH
Brad Miller - 2B Welington Castillo - C
Adeiny Hechavarria - SS Austin Hays - RF
Jake Odorizzi - RHP Jeremy Hellickson - RHP