The Orioles have lost four straight after winning four of five to start this three-city road trip.
They are now 5-8 in the first 13 games of this crucial 20-game stint against American League East teams to end the season.
The Orioles had a legitimate chance to seize a playoff spot when they came to Tampa Bay on Friday just two games behind the Rays in the AL Wild card race.
Now they are five back of the Rays with seven to play. They are 4 ½ behind the Cleveland Indians, who hold the second Wild Card spot.
Three teams – the Texas Rangers, New York Yankees and the Kansas City Royals – are now in between the Orioles and the Indians.
You have to assume – if you hadn’t already – that the Orioles’ postseason hopes are over.
The Orioles, though, aren’t writing a concession speech yet.
Can they still make the postseason?
"We can do it, we can do it," said Orioles manager Buck Showalter. "We're going to have to get a little cooperation mathematically, but you'd be surprised how quickly the outlook on things change in one day's time. So I try to keep that in mind."
Said starter Scott Feldman: "We would have loved to have won the first three (at Tampa Bay), but the reality is that we didn’t. So we have no choice but to keep playing hard, try to come out tomorrow and take that last game and keep playing hard the rest of the way and see what happens. Hopefully, we can string together a hot streak here to wrap things up.”
And here’s the ever quotable Adam Jones quoting an old teammate: "It’s like the saying Jim Thome used to use: 'Sometimes you are the bug, sometimes you are the windshield.' Past couple days we’ve been the bug. So we need to get back to being that windshield."Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun