The Orioles begin a three-game streak with the Toronto Blue Jays, of which they will play 13 against the Blue Jays with 48 games remaining, at the Rogers Center on Monday night.
The Orioles have won four of the six games the teams have played this season. Last week, the Orioles won the two games played. The third was rained out and will be played on September 5th as part of a Labor Day doubleheaderth at 1:05 p.m
After losing two of three games to Tampa Bay over the weekend, the Orioles (59-55) are 2 1/2 games behind Toronto, the leading wildcard team. They are 2 games behind Seattle and 1 1/2 behind the Rays.
While they have 13 games left with the Blue Jays, including the last three of the season, they don’t have one left with either Seattle or Tampa Bay.
The almost perfect game on Sunday by Drew Rasmussen secured Tampa Bay the season series with 10:9. The Mariners won four of six games against the Orioles.
The Orioles also finished the game against Minnesota, which trails the Orioles by a half game. Next week they play three against Chicago, which is also half a game behind. Boston, who just won two of their three games against the Yankees, is three games behind the Orioles.
The Red Sox and Orioles will play each other 10 more times, starting with three times this weekend.
“We’ve got everything we want ahead of us,” Oriole starting pitcher Jordan Lyles said after Sunday’s loss to the Rays. “We are in a good place. I have the feeling that we are very confident. We’ve let go of those last two games in terms of win/loss. We have Toronto [on Monday], and we can put our stamp on things. Going forward we’re going to see a lot of guys in the division here soon so it’s up to us how we react and how we treat ourselves.
Playoff Schedule: Major League Baseball has released the 2022 playoff schedule. With the lockout adding three days to the season, the World Series could end on November 5thth.
The wild card series, which is best 2-of-3, begins on October 7thth, two days after the end of the regular season. The team with the best record plays at home in all three games.
The American League Division Series, the best 3-of-5 series, begins October 11th.
American League Championship Series, best 4-of-7 begins October 19th, and the World Series begins October 28thth.
Little League Classics: The Orioles play the Boston Red Sox Sunday night in the Little League Classic in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
The game counts as a home game for the Orioles and will be televised on ESPN at 7:00 p.m. The Orioles and Red Sox play in Baltimore on Friday night and Saturday afternoon at 4:05 p.m
“It’s going to be a cool experience,” said manager Brandon Hyde. “I’ve never been there. I’ve watched the Little League World Series since I was a kid. I remember that Saturday afternoon. I would watch it grow up. Seeing what it’s all about is cool for everyone.”
Promotions in the lower league: Single-A Delmarva added 10 players from last month’s draft. The most prominent is outfielder Dylan Beavers, who is 33approx Overall selection in draft. Other top picks include third baseman Max Wagner (2nd round), field player Jud Fabian (current record B), catcher Silas Ardoin (4th), right-hander Cameron Weston (8th), infielder Adam Crampton (9th), right-hander Bradley Brehmer (12th), left-handed Jason Beck (13th), catcher Adam Retzbach (14th) and right-hander Reese Sharpe (20th).
Keegan Gillies, a right-hander selected in the 15th roundth Round and right-hander Juan Nuñez, brought from Minnesota in a trade for nearer Jorge López, also joins the Shorebirds for Tuesday night’s game in Salem.
Vespi’s record: Despite winning four games for the Orioles without a loss, relief pitcher Nick Vespi is back at Triple-A Norfolk.
“It’s great. You have to be lucky to get in that situation to get the win,” Vespi said last week before being called up to Norfolk for the third time this season.
Vespi is 4-0 with an earned run average of 3.98. Six of the nine earned runs he’s allowed came on June 29th in Seattle when he recorded only one out.
Each of Vespi’s victories has come home. In two of them, the Orioles took a late lead.
“It was cool to be in that situation,” said Vespi.
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