Baltimore Orioles Stumble Into September, Still Not Out Of AL Wild Card Race

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The Baltimore Orioles aren’t acting like a team that wants to make the playoffs, as poor play at the wrong time may have the Birds in too large of a hole to climb out of.

The American League East division race is out of reach, as the Orioles trail the Toronto Blue Jays by 12 games with just around 31 games remaining. That means the Orioles need to aim for the second AL Wild Card spot, but with a six-game losing streak and 12 losses in their last 13 ballgames, Baltimore’s chances at grabbing a playoff berth have become miniscule at best.

The Orioles are unlikely to catch the New York Yankees, who own the top Wild Card spot at 73-58. And their odds of catching the Texas Rangers, who sit in the second Wild Card slot with a 69-62 record, are becoming more and more faint by the day, now being 6.5 games back. In addition, they have to leapfrog over four other teams (Indians, Rays, Angels, Twins) just to get a crack at the surging Rangers.

As doom and gloom as the situation feels, a 6.5-game deficit with 30-plus games remaining has been made up before, and thus, it’s still possible for the Orioles to do it this season. As the calendar turns to September, below are the most and least expensive Orioles tickets on the secondary market per Razorgator.com.

Most Expensive: 9/4/2015 | Toronto Blue Jays vs. Baltimore Orioles | Rogers Centre | Average Price: $124.76 | Get-in Price: $20

9/5/2015 | Toronto Blue Jays vs. Baltimore Orioles | Rogers Centre | Average Price: $209.74 | Get-in Price: $17

9/6/2015 | Toronto Blue Jays vs. Baltimore Orioles | Rogers Centre | Average Price: $151.20 | Get-in Price: $20

9/26/2015 | Boston Red Sox vs. Baltimore Orioles | Fenway Park | Average Price: $82.16 | Get-in Price: $13

The three most expensive Orioles games are against the mashers from up north, who currently hold down first place in the division. It was a blockbuster month of August for the Blue Jays, posting a 21-6 record en route to surpassing the Yankees within the division. These matchups will make it an even tougher climb for the O’s, who haven’t received the best starting pitching this season, presenting a real problem when they take on Toronto’s juggernaut lineup. The most expensive of the three games is on September 5, having an average ticket price of $209.74.

Least Expensive: 9/1/2015 | Baltimore Orioles vs. Tampa Bay Rays | Orioles Park At Camden Yards | Average Price: $19 | Get-in Price: $4

9/2/2015 | Baltimore Orioles vs. Tampa Bay Rays | Orioles Park At Camden Yards | Average Price: $23 | Get-in Price: $4

The beginning of the month will consist of the Orioles’ least expensive action in September, with two games against the Tampa Bay Rays. These contests could also be two of the most important ones, as Baltimore is seeking to turn their losing ways around right away, while having the opportunity to do it opposite one of the teams that currently resides in front of them in the standings. As a result, fans arguably get the best value left in the schedule with these two games, with tickets to see the Rays and Orioles tangle only averaging $19 and $23 on the secondary market, respectively. Furthermore, the get-in price for each affair is a measly $4.

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