Going into the final two weeks of the Major League Baseball season the Baltimore Orioles find themselves in pretty good position just 2.5 games out of the second wildcard spot. They still are far from favored to win however and actually if they do end up grabbing one of the two wildcard spots it will truly be something worth talking about. This is not because they aren’t a good team or anything but rather because they have a very tough schedule from here out.
The teams they face beginning this week read clearly like the best teams in the game. They have a series against the very tough Toronto Blue Jays, the resurgent Tampa Bay Rays and that isn’t the worst of it. Both of the other two remaining series are against the powerful Boston Red Sox. They are the complete opposite of the Cleveland Indians who are only .5 game out of the wildcard spot going into their final weeks. The Indians have only one series against a team that is likely to give them a lot of trouble.
All the Orioles can do is buckle down and play great baseball in every possible facet of the game. The truth of the matter is that they can play great baseball and still not win enough games to gain that spot they crave so badly. This is the nature of the beast I guess but for the Orioles it must feel a little bit like the worst luck on earth. At least they know if they do get into the playoffs that they can beat anyone they face.