Despite some late inning drama – it looked like Orioles Magic was going to be in full effect in the top of the ninth in Fenway on Sunday after the Birds put runners on second and third with only one out – the Orioles were unable to sweep the Red Sox in Fenway Park for the second time in 2012. It would have been the first time in team history that they had managed that feat.
However, Buck’s Birds still come home today for the season’s final home stand with a very strong road trip in their rear view mirror. After losing two of three in Oakland to start the trip, they won six straight over the A’s, Mariners, and Sox to close out the trip at 6-3.
The Yankees have been hot as well, and took two of three from Oakland in the Bronx to maintain their thin one-game lead over the Birds in the AL East.
In the Wild Card standings, the O’s are a game up on Oakland for the top spot and 4.5 up on the Angels for the second spot.
They can pick up ground on everybody today if they can manage a sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays in a doubleheader that starts in Baltimore at 4:05.
The Blue Jays have been mailing it in of late, losing six in a row and eight of their last ten. Last week, they were swept in a doubleheader by the Yankees, doing the Orioles absolutely no favors. The Birds need to match New York’s feat today to avoid losing crucial ground.
In fact, anything less than three of four from Toronto has to be considered a monumental disappointment. The stretch run is here. The time for losing is over.
Let’s jump out on the Jays early, and watch them pack it in.
Henderson Alvarez takes on Steve Johnson in Game 1, and Aaron Laffey goes against Wei-Yin Chen in the nightcap.
Let’s. Go. O’s.