[Down the stretch is a daily Orioles Insider blog that will set up the coming day for the O's and their American League competition as the push for the postseason continues.]
About last night
AL East Standings
NYY 89-64 --
BAL 88-66 1.5
TB 83-70 6
AL Wild-Card Standings
BAL 88-66 --
OAK 86-67 --
LAA 84-69 2
TB 83-70 3
DET 81-72 5
Blue Jays at Orioles, 7:05 p.m.
LHP Aaron Laffey (3-6, 4.80 ERA) vs. LHP Joe Saunders (8-12, 4.08 ERA)
Other games that matter
Indians (Kluber) at White Sox (Liriano), 2:10 p.m.
Royals (Chen) at Tigers (Sanchez), 7:05 p.m.
Rays (Price) at Red Sox (Buchholz), 7:10 p.m.
Athletics (Milone) at Rangers (Darvish), 8:05 p.m.
Yankees (Hughes) at Twins (Vasquez), 8:10 p.m.
Mariners (Ramirez) at Angels (Greinke), 10:05 p.m.
Thought of the day
Much has been written this season about the Orioles winning despite a negative run differential.
When Dan Connolly blogged about it 10 days ago, the O's still had been outscored by a total of 21 runs for the season.
Now that little red number reads -7.
The Orioles actually had their run differential down to negative-3 after yesterday's first game -- the closest it's been to even in who knows how long -- but it took a bump with that J.P. Arencibia grand slam in the nightcap.
In the grand scheme of things, it doesn't matter how that number ends up. There are far more important numbers in those daily standings.
Like the fact that the Orioles have more wins than all but two teams in the American League and would be in the postseason if it started today. Or that they have a better record than the Yankees against the AL East (38-26 vs. 36-29), which would allow them to host a one-game tiebreaker for the division title should the teams end in a tie. (They split the season series, which is the first decider of who hosts that game.)
But, if you're a sabermetrics aficionado and just can't live to see the O's end the season with a negetive RD, you might have another close race to follow in these final eight games of the season.
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