The Orioles and Yankees remain separated by just one game with 10 regular season games remaining. New York plays three at Minnesota, four at Toronto and then three at home with Boston. The Orioles play four against Toronto and three against Boston at home and then three on the road versus Tampa Bay.
Here is how close things are: The Orioles just saw a six-game win streak snapped while New York had a seven-game streak end Sunday. The Yankees are 13-8 in September. The Orioles are 14-7.
The Orioles were two games out on Sept. 2. Every day since, they have been within one game of first or tied for the top spot.
And how about this stat: The winning percentage of the Orioles against their remaining opponents is .636. The win percentage of the Yankees against their remaining opponents is .636.
The Orioles are 9-5 against Toronto, 10-5 versus Boston and 9-6 against Tampa for a collective mark of 28-16. New York is 2-2 versus Minnesota, 9-5 versus Toronto and 10-5 against Boston for a collective 21-12.
Some fans have posted comments wondering if the Orioles can catch New York and wondering if the Yankees will ever lose again. Remember it wasn’t that long ago - in fact it was between Aug. 16 and Sept. 4 - that the Yankees went 6-12. They are 12-5 since but the Orioles are 11-6 in that time.
The Orioles have done a great job of chasing down New York. They were 10 games out on July 18, but are 41-21 since. The Orioles were still seven games out on Aug. 17.
The Orioles have played great baseball for a long stretch of season coming down the home stretch, winning nine of 12, 14 of 20 and 20 of 28. They are 32-14 over the last 46 games. That is .696 baseball.
A lot is at stake here. One of these teams might win 95 games or so, finish with the second or third best record in the AL and have to play in a winner-take-all one game playoff round.
It is even possible the Orioles and Yankees would need a one-game playoff to determine the division champ. The Orioles would host by virtue of a better AL East record (37-25 to 36-29). The loser of that game may then have to play the next day in the wild card game. What if the loser had to fly to Oakland or Los Angeles for that game?
A lot is riding. Ten games over 10 days to determine whether they are in or out, a wild card entry or division camp and where they would play.
TV today: Both games of today’s doubleheader, scheduled to begin at 4:05 p.m., will be televised. Game 1 will air on MASN2 HD and Game 2 will air on MASN HD.