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Dan Connolly

Five things that must happen for Orioles to make playoffs

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I guess, technically, the true stretch run in baseball occurs around Sept. 1.

We’re still in the dog days of August – something that has left renowned philosopher William Nathaniel Showalter wondering why it’s not “cat days” of August.

Anyway, it’s crunch time at Camden Yards.

Tuesday marks the beginning of an eight-game homestand, a 16-game jaunt without an off day and 19 consecutive contests against clubs with records above .500. Of their 45 games remaining in the regular season, the Orioles only play 10 against sub-.500 teams, seven versus the Tampa Bay Rays and three versus the Arizona Diamondbacks.

There are some favorable nuances in the remaining schedule – three off days in September, for instance – and some unfavorable things, such as non-division games against a trio of tough opponents: The Houston Astros, Detroit Tigers and National League East power Washington Nationals.

Ultimately, the Orioles control their own destiny. Win at their current pace, win enough in the division and on the road, and get into the playoffs. That, of course, is simplistic. Here are five things the Orioles must do to have a better chance at their third postseason in five years.

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4 Comments

  1. Boog Robinson Robinson

    August 16, 2016 at 9:39 am

    Dan, your 5th point is the key. It’s that simple.

    • Dan Connolly

      August 16, 2016 at 10:23 am

      Well, he can’t do it himself. But it sure would help the cause if he has a September similar to the one he had in 2015.

  2. Rochester Rob

    August 16, 2016 at 11:05 am

    It’s feast or famine with CD – time to start feasting!
    If Davis starts hitting HR’s it would go a long way to helping this team. He’s been known to carry them for a couple weeks when he gets rolling.

    • Boog Robinson Robinson

      August 16, 2016 at 12:25 pm

      Well, he won’t start feasting until that stupid bobblehead is no longer in play. Thank goodness the giveaway is this coming Saturday night. After that, perhaps we can put that preposterous toy in our collective rear view mirrors O’s fans! Men in tights have no place on a baseball diamond.

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