The Baltimore Orioles are two games away from finishing up a ten game road trip. On the trip, they faced the Milwaukee Brewers, Houston Astros, and Texas Rangers. In the eight games they’ve played so far, the O’s are 4-4, with two games remaining against the Rangers.
With a 29-27 record, the Birds are 4.5 games behind the Toronto Blue Jays for first place in the AL East. The Jays have been one of the hottest teams in baseball, going 8-2 in their last ten games. For the Orioles, the rest of the month of June will be critical for there season.
After completing their ten-game road trip, the Orioles go back home for ten straight games. Ten straight games at home is important anyway, but given the teams they face in these ten games, the results may have the Orioles right back in the position they want to be, or much farther from it.
Baltimore opens its home stand with the Oakland Athletics, who currently hold the best record in the AL, and are one game behind the Giants for the best record in baseball. The Orioles play three games against the A’s and winning the series against the A’s will be a great start to the home stand.
Next, the Orioles face the division rival Red Sox. Boston struggled early in the season but have won seven of their last ten and seem to be getting back to last year’s form. The O’s face the Red Sox in four games and a series split would be considered a missed opportunity, while 3-1 versus Boston is what the team needs.
Finally, and most importantly, the Orioles play the Blue Jays. With Toronto on fire as of late, the Orioles will hopefully have gotten themselves within striking distance from their first seven games before they play Toronto and with three games against the Jays, the Orioles give themselves a chance to hopefully get within at least one game of Toronto, or if things go very well for the Orioles, and bad for the Jays, they have a chance at pulling in to first place.
Of course all of this is wishful thinking, but three series wins in the ten-game home stand would give the Orioles a 7-3 record, and most importantly they would have done this against teams they are directly competing with both in the division, and for the AL pennant.
Following their ten-game home stand, the Orioles goes to Tampa Bay, and then to New York, facing all of their division opponents in four straight series. These last two series on the road will be key for the Orioles in rapping up their success (hopefully) of their home stand. If they can continue that on against the rest of their division, the Orioles would be in great shape heading in to the All-Star break.
The O’s close the month with another long home stand against the White Sox, Rays, and Rangers.