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bottom line, if we keep wining or tying series we will be fine. how to do that, I have no idea.
as for the As, their schedule is brutal (Rays is tough too). plus they lost Colon (yeah I know) plus McCarthy plus Inge (yeah I know).
take 2 of 3 from the Rays and this will look a lot better in a few days. the pitching matchups are not nearly as bad as they could be.
Next 6 are key. If we're 3-3 over the TBR and OAK series I'll feel pretty good with 13 games against SEA, BOS and TOR before finishing with 3 in TBR.
Lots of series between contenders this week
Midweek: TB @ Balt, Oak @ LAA (4), Det @ CWS (4)
Weekend: Balt @ Oak, TB @ NYY
Oak has a brutal stretch coming up with the O's NY, texas 7 times and the angels. They are either going to win the division or fall out of the wildcard race. Don't think there is much in between for them given their schedule.
Pic Sigs are for losers.
O's are essentially in the same position right now that the Yankees were a week ago. Playing the Rays while the Yankees play a bottom feeder. If the O's are still 1 GB after the Rays series I'll say no problem, let's move along to the next series.
This Rays series is much more important that the Yankees' series as far as simply making the playoffs. (And of course, other series later will likely be even more important.)
But if we lose two of three, the Rays would be tied with us with momentum and a better team on paper. If we win two of three, we're up two games with less than 20 to play, and the toughest part of our schedule behind us. Big difference. Plus, I'd think it'd pretty important from a psychological standpoint to win the series after the Markakis thing just to keep the momentum going.
I actually think it's likely we will/won't make the playoffs depending on whether or not we win this series.
I agree with this.
A sweep would be amazing.
Yes, this would be very good.
O's miss both Price and Shields, can't complain about that.
I haven't heard anything on Price's shoulder. Sore shoulders are never a good sign for a pitcher.
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