The Tap Room and the 85 taps (for each Orioles’ win) are open.
But I’m not selling clarity today, not in an Orioles’ bar.
Because just when we thought we knew this team – after a four-game sweep by the Boston that pushed the Orioles out of the second AL Wild Card spot – they sweep the Arizona Diamondbacks and reclaim that Wild Card position.
Obviously, the Diamondbacks aren’t a good squad (64-91), but every win matters.
So let’s get out the crystal ball again.
The Orioles went 50-31 at home this year and now go on the road for their final six contests. Three are at Toronto and three at New York – it’s the toughest remaining schedule for any of the AL Wild Card contenders.
If status quo holds, the Orioles will be playing a one-game, Wild Card playoff in Toronto on Tuesday, October 4.
But will status quo hold?
My gut says the Orioles do make the playoffs, but they don’t get past the American League Division Series if they can win the Wild Card game. My gut also had the Orioles beating the Boston Red Sox three of four this week, and they were swept. So there’s that.
For the record, I will say they play at least one more game in Baltimore this year – whether it is hosting the Wild Card game or ALDS games.
Maybe your prediction will be better than mine. So bring it on.
Tap-In Question: Will the Orioles return to Camden Yards again this year?