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Are Orioles fans happy Blue Jays have been eliminated?

Are Orioles fans happy Blue Jays have been eliminated?

Most Orioles fans probably stopped watching the postseason after the difficult wild-card loss. 

Even though the Orioles would have been the decided underdog against the Texas Rangers, many couldn’t have been blamed for thinking the Orioles could have swept the Rangers just as the Toronto Blue Jays did. 

Now that Toronto has been eliminated and the Cleveland Indians are going to the World Series, a few fans will be able to watch. 

Jose Bautista, one of a quartet of AL East villains, may be moving on just as David Ortiz, Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira did this season. 

Should Bautista move out of the division as a free agent, another handy villain—perhaps Josh Donaldson—will have to take his place. 

If you’re into the ex-Oriole thing, Andrew Miller deserves congratulations for his Most Valuable Player performance in the American League Championship Series. 

Miller was injured and didn’t play in the 2013 World Series, won by his Boston Red Sox. 

Other than Miller, there really isn’t a rooting interest on the Indians. In 1996 and 1997, the Orioles and Indians were fierce rivals with the two teams meeting in the postseason, but that’s long ago. 

The Orioles took five of six games from Cleveland this year, and they also took two of three from the Los Angeles Dodgers, who are tied 2-2 with the Chicago Cubs in the National League Championship Series. 

When the Orioles were in Cleveland in May, Mychal Givens was excited to see the Indians had just brought up a left-handed pitcher that he had often seen the previous year in Bowie.

Givens couldn’t wait to share his thoughts on Ryan Merritt with his teammates and coaches, but Merritt didn’t make his major league debut until the day after the Orioles left town.

Merritt, who had pitched just 11 innings in the regular season, was a late add by Cleveland manager Terry Francona, and he gave his team an unexpected boost, pitching 4 1/3 shutout innings on Wednesday, allowing just two hits. 

The Indians now have five days of rest until they face either Chicago or Los Angeles—who will have two days off in the NLCS goes six games—or just one—if a seventh game is needed. 

Game 5 was played in a snappy two hours, 37 minutes, an incredibly short game for the postseason while Game 4 of the Cubs-Dodgers ran an excruciating two minutes short of four hours. 

If that series runs the full seven games, Jake Arrieta would be in line to start it at Wrigley Field and many Orioles fans will be watching. 

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Wade Miley roughed up again, Orioles shut out in St. Pete

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Wade Miley roughed up again, Orioles shut out in St. Pete

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Evan Longoria and Logan Morrison homered Friday night and the Tampa Bay Rays clinched third place in the AL East with a 7-0 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.

Longoria led off the fifth with his 20th homer off Baltimore starter Wade Miley, marking Longoria's fifth straight 20-homer season and the ninth of his 10-year career.

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Morrison hit his 38th homer off reliever Chris Tillman in the seventh.

Rays starter Jake Odorizzi left his final start of the season after four innings with a sore right knee.

Brad Boxberger (4-4) got the win as the first of four Tampa Bay relievers.

Miley (8-15) lost his fifth straight start, giving up four runs and five hits in four innings. He walked five, raising his major league-leading total to 93. The Baltimore bullpen gave up five more walks.

Trey Mancini had one of Baltimore's four hits. It was Mancini's 158th hit, tying Cal Ripken (1982) for second-place all-time among Oriole rookies.

The Orioles, shut out for the 11th time, lost for the 17th time in 21 games and dropped three games behind Tampa Bay with two games left in the season.

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MLB Wild Card Standings: Projecting the standings with three days left

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MLB Wild Card Standings: Projecting the standings with three days left

With the MLB postseason only five days away and three more days in the regular season the playoff field is almost set.

After Thursday night’s action, the St. Louis Cardinals were eliminated from the second Wild Card spot in the National League. Their 2-1 loss to the Cubs put them too far out of reach of the Rockies.

In the American League the AL East race is all but done after the Yankees lost on Thursday.

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AMERICAN LEAGUE

Not too many changes in the American League race after yesterday.

The New York Yankees (89-70) lost to the Tampa Bay Rays 9-6 at home after entering the day only three games back in the division. While the Boston Red Sox (92-67) lost too, three games to surpass is too much for even the Bronx Bombers to overcome.

It will be interesting though to watch both teams sweat. Boston hosts the Houston Astros who are trying to overtake the Indians for the top seed in the AL. New York hosts division rivals Toronto.

The Minnesota Twins (83-76) lost to the Indians after allowing 10 hits in the contest. Win or lose it does not matter how they end the season because they will be the No. 5 seed and the visitors in the American League Wild Card Game. Presumably it will be against the Yankees.

AL WILD CARD RACE (AS OF SEPT 29):

New York Yankees:     +6.0 
Minnesota Twins:           ---
 

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Colorado was off on Thursday night in preparation for their final series of the year against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Milwaukee Brewers (84-75) did manage to gain a half game with their nail biting 4-3 win over the Reds. Brett Phillips hit a go-ahead double in the sixth inning and the final three frames remained scoreless for both squads.

They now move to two games back of the Colorado Rockies (86-73) with three games to go.

Colorado will host their final series against the Dodgers. Milwaukee is traveling to the St. Louis Cardinals (82-77) for their final three games. St. Louis is now out of contention, four games out of the final Wild Card spot.

FanGraphs.com now has Colorado at a 93.3 percent chance of taking the final postseason spot.  Milwaukee moved up slightly to 6.7 percent.

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NL WILD CARD RACE (AS OF SEPT 29):

#4 Arizona Diamondbacks:  +6.0
Colorado Rockies:                   ---
Milwaukee Brewers:              -2.0