The Orioles have an opportunity to end tonight back in a playoff spot. You would be forgiven if that felt like an impossibility just a couple of weeks ago.
Because the O’s do play the Yankees four more times, and they are only half a game out of a playoff spot at the moment, they do “control their own destiny” regardless of what happens today, but watching scoreboards is still a thrilling part of September baseball. So, here are some of the non-Orioles games that matter:
The Yankees and Blue Jays square off tonight with first pitch at 6:37 p.m. Deivi Garcia is on the mound for the Yanks, and he will be opposed by Tanner Roark. Obviously, a Blue Jays win would be good for the O’s.
The Astros face a tough Athletics squad at 9:10. Surprising as it may be, the ‘Stros are no shoo-in for the postseason. It would be cool if the A’s could pull of a win there. That game is MLB TV’s free game of the day.
Finally, the Mariners are in San Francisco to take on the Giants at 9:45. The M’s had an active deadline, and are in good form. They are 8-15 on the road this season though, so a loss would seem likely.
It feels like it came out of nowhere, but the Orioles are in a groove all of the sudden, having won six of their last eight contests. They are not literally unbeatable, but it sure feels like they are the better team on the diamond lately. That is a lot of fun to watch!
- CF Cedric Mullins
- SS Jose Iglesias
- DH Renato Nunez
- RF DJ Stewart
- LF Ryan Mountcastle
- 3B Rio Ruiz
- 2B Hanser Alberto
- C Chance Sisco
- 1B Pat Valaika
RHP Jorge Lopez (1-0, 5.59 ERA)