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Brian Roberts of the Baltimore Orioles has spent his entire career in an O’s uniform. However, the 38-year-old has never played in a postseason game. After a four-game losing streak during a close Wild Card race, it appears that won’t change. (Photo credit: Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images North America)
The Baltimore Orioles have just about run out of time.
Though not mathematically eliminated from MLB postseason contention, the O’s have fallen to 4.5 games behind in the American League Wild Card race — the Orioles are 4-6 in their last 10 games and have lost four-straight.
With just seven games remaining in their 2013 regular season, the Orioles would need a lot of that Orioles Magic to extend their season into October.
Last season, the O’s defied many odds using what some might call “Orioles Magic” and what others considered “Buck Ball”, praising manager Buck Showalter for his turn-everything-into-gold touch.
The O’s were a remarkable 29-9 in one-run games in 2012. However, that close-game magic ran out this year — the Orioles have won the fewest one-run games — posting a 17-29 record.
Another issue for the 2013 Orioles was their inability to win games down the stretch against teams ahead of them in the Wild Card chase.
Since Aug. 27 the Orioles are 11-14, eight of those losses were against the Cleveland Indians (who are now tied for an AL Wild Card spot), the Tampa Bay Rays (who are the other AL Wild Card team), and the New York Yankees (four games back).
The Orioles have one game remaining in their four-game series in Tampa Bay (a 3:10 p.m. EST start on Monday). Their remaining six games will come against the Toronto Blue Jays and the Boston Red Sox, both series are at Camden Yards in Baltimore.
So unless the Orioles still have some magic stored in reserve and the rest of baseball’s dominoes fall in favor of the Birds — the Orioles are dead in the water.
If there is a bright side to this season it’s that the Orioles will once again be at least a .500 baseball team. Before last season, the Orioles last winning season came in 1997 — so back-to-back .500 or better seasons could be called progress.
But after the Orioles brought playoff baseball back to Charm City last season, this year’s late-season collapse will certainly feel like a failure to many O’s fans.
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A really sad scene unfolded Monday afternoon in Tampa Bay when Manny Machado appeared to suffer a very serious knee injury while running to first base on a ground ball. Machado stepped on the bag and appeared to twist his knee, and he immediately went down to the turf in very apparent agony. Here’s a GIF of the incident, via @CorkGaines Machado had to be carted off the field and...
Baltimore Orioles infielder Ryan Flaherty was the victim of an unusual strikeout during Monday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays when an umpire ruled he swung at a pitch that hit him in the leg.
It happened in the top of the fourth inning as Flaherty appeared to check his swing on an 0-2 pitch from Rays pitcher Chris Archer that hit him in the back ankle. Flaherty immediately...
Things quickly went from bad to worse for the Baltimore Orioles.
Soon after Manny Machado left the game on a stretcher, second baseman Alexi Casilla collided violently with Nick Markakis and exited the game the following inning. Casilla entered the game for the injured Machado, but his time on the field was short-lived. The second baseman was backpedaling into the outfield, trying...
Baltimore Orioles’ Alexi Casilla goes full extension on a line drive and appears to be in a position to make the diving grab until his face gets up close and personal with the leg of Nick Markakis. Casilla was unable to shake off the cobwebs and exited the contest. You have to give him a “10″ for effort.
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In an incredibly dark day for the Baltimore Orioles, infielder Alexi Casilla suffered an apparent concussion in a collision with right-fielder Nick Markakis during Monday's 5-4 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.
Casilla entered the game an inning prior to pinch run for Manny Machado, after the All-Star suffered a horrific knee injury reaching on an infield single during the top of...
Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado has been taken off the field on a stretcher after injuring his left leg running out an infield single.
Machado's leg buckled when he reached the first-base bag in the seventh inning of Monday's game at Tampa Bay.
Machado was in obvious pain while being treated on the infield dirt near first by team trainers and stadium medical...
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado sustained an apparent left knee injury in the seventh inning Monday afternoon at Tropicana Field.
The second-year player was running through first base after a single off Tampa Bay Rays reliever Jake McGee when his left knee buckled underneath him.
He fell to the ground and clutched the knee in pain. Medical...
Orioles third baseman Manny Machado injured his left knee while beating out a single in the seventh inning Monday. It appeared to be serious.
The Orioles are not giving a specific prognosis on Machado until he has an MRI in Baltimore on Tuesday but the injury will keep him out the remainder of the season.
Machado had an X-Ray at Tropicana Field and Orioles manager Buck Showalter...
He would have to go on one incredible tear over the remaining handful of game to surpass Roger Maris, but Baltimore Orioles slugger Chris Davis has already made team history. This jack against Tampa Bay brought his season total to 52.
Yeah, I bet the Texas Rangers are wishing they had him now.
Miguel Gonzalez's margin for error was small, and he exceeded it by walking the first two Tampa Bay Rays in the fifth inning.
Desmond Jennings made the Baltimore pitcher pay with a three-run home run, and the Rays went on to beat the Orioles 5-1 in a matchup of exhausted teams on Saturday to maintain their lead in the AL wild-card race.
''I put myself in a bad situation...
The Baltimore Orioles suffered a key loss on Monday night when third baseman Manny Machado was carted off the field in the seventh inning after suffering a knee injury.
As reported by Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com, Machado hit a single to second base when his left leg hit first base, he immediately fell to the ground, obviously in pain. First base coach Wayne Kirby motioned...
Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado suffered a horrific knee injury on Monday.
Machado was running to first base when he appeared to twist his knee on the bag. He immediately went down.
Machado gets standing O from Trop Field crowd as he is wheeled off the field. His left leg is mobilized. Have to assume serious knee damage
— Dan Connolly (@danconnollysun) September...
(Photo Credit: Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images) ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — As the Baltimore Orioles close out the season officially eliminated from playoff contention, third baseman Manny Machado suffered an knee injury during the Orioles 5-4 loss at Tampa Bay. Machado appeared to have his knee buckle when running to beat out a throw for an infield single in […]
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Baltimore Orioles’ Manny Machado. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado’s leg buckle from underneath him as he crossed first base running out an infield single in today’s crucial series against Tampa Bay. The 21-year-old phenom was down several minutes before being carted off the field with an apparent left knee injury. Take a look: