The Orioles have 24 games left to play and they probably need to win, at the very least, 14 of those games in order to have somewhere to go other than the golf course in early October. Time is running out on them if they keep losing games.
Although the Orioles are only 1.5 games back of the Twins for the second wild card spot, they still have to pass the Angels as well, and what's more, they have to hold off the Rangers, Mariners, and Royals, all of whom are only one game farther back in the standings than the O's are.
Things have been a little bit better with their recent seven game winning streak, but they still only have an 8.8% chance to make the playoffs. It's going to take another sustained burst of winning to make that number go up - and it's going to take the Twins and Angels losing, too. The Twins are still playing the Rays, while the Angels will be again playing the Athletics.
With that in mind, the Orioles tonight are sending Jeremy Hellickson to the mound against the Yankees - whom they also have an outside chance of chasing down, if they can rally to win this series. Hellickson has pitched in six games for the O's. Two were pretty good, one was fine, and three were very bad. Maybe he's due for a good one? Or maybe he's due for another bad one.
It won't be an easy matchup for the O's tonight: CC Sabathia is pitching for the Yankees and he has done well this season. If they want to get under his skin, they could think about bunting on him.
|NEW YORK YANKEES||BALTIMORE ORIOLES|
|Brett Gardner - LF||Tim Beckham - SS|
|Aaron Judge - RF||Manny Machado - 3B|
|Starlin Castro - 2B||Jonathan Schoop - 2B|
|Didi Gregorius - SS||Adam Jones - CF|
|Matt Holliday - DH||Trey Mancini - LF|
|Greg Bird - 1B||Mark Trumbo - DH|
|Todd Frazier - 3B||Chris Davis - 1B|
|Jacoby Ellsbury - CF||Welington Castillo - C|
|Austin Romine - C||Joey Rickard - RF|
|CC Sabathia - LHP||Jeremy Hellickson - RHP|