Orioles Fall To 4th Place In AL East, Behind Yankees In Wild Card Race

Orioles playoff chances dwindling - AL East Standings August 31, 2013Scott Feldman‘s gem in Yankee Stadium wasn’t enough as the Orioles dropped another tough one to New York, 2-0. The Birds will hope to avoid the sweep on Sunday after falling to fourth place in the American League East and behind the Yankees in the AL Wild Card race.

It’s not as though the Orioles being 4.5 games back of the Wild Card heading into September is a death sentence for their playoff chances, but their recent play certainly hasn’t instilled much confidence.

Since the All-Star break the Orioles are 18-20 after going 53-43 in the first half. The O’s will finish August 12-14 after a losing July (12-13). They are just eight games over .500 for the first time since July 10 and 33-34 on the road this season.

ESPN.com’s playoff odds say that the O’s have a 12.9 percent chance to make the postseason.

Saturday’s loss was particularly frustrating. When the Orioles get a stellar starting pitching performance from their bottom ranked rotation (4.35 team ERA, 28th in MLB), their top-tier offense (.783 OPS, 2nd in MLB) has to produce.

In order to climb back in it, the Orioles will have to put together a lengthy winning streak. The Birds longest streak this season was five wins (July 14-22).

Zach Wilt is the Founding Editor of BaltimoreSportsReport.com and host of the BSR Podcast. He's a loyal Orioles, Ravens and Capitals fan who is obsessed with baseball, loves traveling, In-N-Out Burger and Walt Disney World.

3 Comments

  1. Birdland Steve

    August 31, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    HAHAHAHA 4th place. This team is fading fast!! Need to get a strong homestand next week for any shot at the playoffs.

    • spy

      September 1, 2013 at 10:42 am

      Whats this ? Are you happy the O’s are in 4th place , what gives ? Hey , I don’t always agree with the way the team is handled but I do want them to win,,,,,,,,,,didn’t you want to see them in the playoffs ?

  2. Myla Whey

    September 1, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    I hope the Birds beat the odds, and if they do they will be a testament to overcoming Buck’s insistence on a set line up and NOT resting guys around the All-Star Break.

    The spot light has been on poor pitching, but they’re scoring 2, 3 and no runs in games in August.

    Wieters is clearly exhausted, Davis came out and said he needed to go to a lighter bat because he’s tired, McClouth has trimmed 25 points off his batting average in the past month, when did he last steal a base? When was the last time Markakis had a day off? Is there a question at all why he’s got two extra base hits in six weeks?

    I fear that Buck’s screwed this one up big time and hope to be proven wrong.