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Just how good do the Orioles have to be down the stretch to have chance at postseason?

Just how good do the Orioles have to be down the stretch to have chance at postseason?

Orioles center fielder Adam Jones served as the voice of optimism — with a dose of reality — after the Orioles’ 4-3 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday night at Rogers Centre.

Losers of their fifth straight game, the Orioles are heading in the wrong direction fast. But they can look at their seven-game winning streak two weeks ago — which put them on the cusp of the second American League wild-card spot — to see how quickly momentum can shift either way.

This Orioles might not have to be that good down the stretch this time, but they’ll have to do better than that 10-8 record, and probably need to be closer to 12-6 to give themselves a chance.

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