Call it gut-check time. Call it do-or-die. Call it playing on a prayer.
Whatever the terminology, the Orioles headed to Kansas City on Sunday night knowing that, essentially, their season is hanging in the balance after a disastrous end to a once-promising homestand that culminated with a 4-3, 12-inning loss to the Minnesota Twins on Sunday afternoon.
Last week, the Orioles (62-61) held the second wild card playoff spot in the American League. They have since lost five of six games, including four straight at home to the Twins (63-61), who hopped over the Orioles in the wild-card standings.
"When you lose four in a row, [the games] start getting pretty important...