Good morning, Orioles fans. Today your team could clinch its first postseason berth in 15 years.
While that should brighten your morning, rain in Texas yesterday made the Orioles' clinching scenarios a bit cloudier than they needed to be heading into today’s home finale against Boston.
If the Orioles win (it’s a 1:35 p.m. first pitch here) and the Angels lose one of their two games, the O's will guarantee at least a wild-card berth.
So, if the Angels lose that first game, there's a chance the Orioles will know it late in their game and can celebrate clinching on the field at Camden Yards.
But if the Angels win that first game, the O’s could win themselves and not find out until later tonight – when they’re already in Tampa – whether they’ve locked up a spot.
Of course, even if they lose today, the Orioles would still be in pretty good shape with three games remaining and their magic number for at least that second wild-card spot sitting at 2 (or fewer).
And, this is fairly obvious, but the O's also now control their destiny in the AL East. If they win out, the worst they can finish is tied with the Yankees, which would force a one-game tiebreaker here (by virtue of their better record in the division).
So, put that champagne on plenty of ice, because it looks like you might need it -- although we're not quite sure when.