The Baltimore Orioles have managed to stay alive, but it’s still a long shot that they’ll make the postseason. The Orioles are four games back with 17 to play. His schedule is also very tough with the exception of the Detroit Tigers and the Boston Red Sox. They have to play the New York Yankees, the Houston Astros and the Toronto Blue Jays. It’s been a great stretch for the Orioles, but it looks like it’s coming to an end.
Baltimore Orioles postseason hopes fading, but future is bright
The Mariners have lost three straight, but their schedule is extremely favorable down the stretch. They finish off the Angels tonight, then the A’s, Royals and Rangers. They’re trying to end their postseason drought and hold onto the four-game lead over the Orioles. The Rays and Blue Jays have created some separation with the top two wild-card spots. Currently, the Orioles only have a one percent chance of making the playoffs.
At 76-69, the Orioles are still projected to finish over .500 with 83 wins. This is quite an achievement considering the low expectations going into the season. This success is due to his young talent in Adley Rutschman, Kyle Stowers and Gunnar Henderson.
rutshcman was as good as advertised, if not better. He hit 11 home runs in just over 400 plate appearances with an .810 OPS. That’s pretty solid for his first year in the big leagues. His defense has also been a plus and has benefited the Orioles’ pitching staff. Stowers only had 57 plate appearances, but he did count his only game-tying home run in the ninth inning. It seems likely that he will play a major role next season. Henderson is already shining big with a .328 batting average and .945 OPS and close to one WAR in just 17 games. He also has two home runs with a wRC+ of 166. These three players will be huge in the O’s continued rebuild.
They gave those guys big league experience that is invaluable for the upcoming season. The O’s just need to fix their rotation and add a bat or two to compete. If they do this, they should be in a strong position to contend for the postseason.
The Orioles have finished last or fourth in the division for the past five seasons, with that fourth-place finish coming in the abbreviated 2020 campaign. The Orioles organization, players, fans and city should be proud of this year.