Take nothing away from the terrific performance by
Saunders was sharp and mixed his pitches effectively, which plays well anywhere against anyone, but the Jays are so ready for this season to end that the hitters might as well have been carrying their suitcases to home plate.
They’ll look like that again tonight if
It’s particularly important that the Orioles do not let up on the gas right now, because a couple more victories could be very important going into the four-game series against the
Picking up another game in the standings and pulling alongside the Yankees would certainly add some more intrigue to an already huge series, but – more importantly – it would reduce the risk level of that series in relation to the division race and give the Orioles a solid opportunity to wake up Monday morning in first place.
Of course, all this should be obvious, but the Orioles continue to squander opportunities to put games away when they can, which is why they aren’t tied for first place right now. They kept Monday’s game in doubt way too long, wasting a first-and-third, no-out situation and a bases-loaded, one-out situation that could have turned the game into a walkover. It looked a lot like Saturday’s game in New York, when they couldn’t put the Yankees away and take full advantage of a strong start by