O’s don’t look much like a contender
By the time the Orioles and Oakland Athletics were back in their respective clubhouses after Wednesday’s marathon series finale at Camden Yards, the outcome of the game didn’t seem all that important anymore.
The Orioles certainly needed to win the game and the series — and they did — but the final score wasn’t going to change what everybody saw on a beautiful afternoon or what we’ve been seeing for the entire month of August. This is no way to get to the playoffs. The O’s have won the first game of their past five straight series and lost the second game of each of those series. And, while we’re on this disturbing subject, they didn’t win any of those series until Manny Machado’s 12thinning walk-off homer Wednesday.
Does that mean they have no chance to reach the postseason? No, it doesn’t, but only because there are enough games left for something totally unexpected to happen, like the Orioles suddenly getting their stuff together and going on a long winning streak.
Of course, everyone who watched
Buck Showalter hugs Manny Machado after Machado’s homer in the 12th inning that helped the Orioles finish with a series-ending win over the A’s. It ended a streak of four straight series in which the O’s won the first game and then lost the series.