Twenty-three years ago, coming off a last-place, 100-loss season, the Orioles made an improbable run for the AL East. Their season ended with a three-game series against the division-leading Blue Jays in Toronto; they went in 1 game down, which means they needed to win 2 games to force a playoff or sweep to win the division. But they lost 2 of 3 and went home.
I’ll just say this. The Angels are 1 1/2 games out of the wild card right now, but I think they have the strongest team of anyone still in the chase, and they’re likely to take one of the spots. That leaves one wild card. At the moment, Baltimore and Tampa Bay are the top two contenders. The Orioles finish the season with a three-game set against the Rays on the road. It could easily be the case that they start that series a game behind TB for the second wild card.
If so, let’s hope it goes better this time.