For the Orioles, the past few weeks have been tough. The team has fallen to a season high 8 games under .500, hurting their chances to finish 82-80 which has to be the goal at this point. We’re less than a week away from 40 man rosters and the question of whether Matt Wieters will join the big league ballclub. The team right now has slowed down a bit on offense and the pitching remains terribly inconsistent and tough to watch on a nightly basis.
Here’s a look at the final 30 games of the 2008 season:
7 vs Tampa Bay
6 vs Toronto
4 vs Cleveland
3 vs Boston, New York, Oakland, Minnesota
1 vs Chicago
The O’s get unlucky having to see hot Cleveland and Toronto teams for a 1/3 of their schedule. They will also be playing TB, a young team looking for their first playoff spot. NYY and Bos did a number on the O’s at Camden Yards last week so these game look tough as well. Minnesota is trying to hang with Chicago and brings their playoff hopes to Camden Yards in September. The 3 game series with Oakland looks like the most winnable games on the schedule, as the A’s have struggled since making the Harden and Blanton trades.
Tonight it’s Jon Danks vs Radhames Liz. Brian Burres returned last night to the starting rotation and gave the team nothing. The bullpen is depleted at this point with no real option at closer (Jim Johnson would be a candidate but he’s struggled of late as well). For now, my money is on the O’s going no better than 12-18 the rest of the season, leading to a 74 win season….one that will fall short as they flirted with .500 for four months before August came around.