The panic button has been pushed. And the Orioles drove New York to it.
After the Os 6-1 win on Friday night at Yankee Stadium, cutting the Yanks American League East lead to two games, the New York Daily News John Harper was moved to write this:
If youve been staying above the fray, refusing to believe the Yankees are in any real trouble of blowing the AL East division title, Id say the time has come to stop kidding yourself.
Panic in the Bronx? How could there not be right now?
Now, thats enough to warm an Orioles fans heart. But Harper is not going to give up on still believing the Orioles dont have staying power.
Of course, the calendar turns to September on Saturday, and logic still says the Orioles will falter, the way teams with young, inexperienced starting pitching often do when the reality of a pennant race hits them.
Those denigrating the Orioles always bring up how the club has scored fewer runs than its opponents this season, so that and 14 seasons of losing helps to argue against their continued contention.
Its clear the Orioles are on a magic carpet ride this season, winning way more than their share of close games, and September can be a cruel month for ballclubs with such a small margin for error.
As opposed to the small margin that the Yankees have right now in the American League East.
Manny Machado could very well be playing in his final game in an Orioles uniform Tuesday night when he takes the field for the 89th Midsummer Classic at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.
According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Dodgers are now in the driver's seat as a favorite to land the All-Star shortstop.
Machado, 26, has gone back and forth on what he does and does not know as front office deals develop and speculation continues to grow. One thing he has made clear is that the rumors have not detracted from his enjoyment of being an All-Star.
Machado is signed through the end of the season, but the Orioles intend to deal him before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.
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When Manny Machado returns from the 2018 MLB All-Star Break, he will not be donning a Baltimore Orioles uniform.
The All-Star shortstop is expected to be traded from Baltimore to the Los Angeles Dodgers, barring any last-minute changes, according to multiple media reports.
That being said, the Machado trade talks remain fluid and both the Phillies and Brewers are still trying to work a trade for the 26-year-old third baseman, according to Jon Heyman. The Diamondbacks are also reportedly trying to lure the four-time All-Star to the desert, while the Yankees decided to pull out of the Machado sweepstakes just prior to the All-Star festivities in Washington, D.C.
While the details of the trade have yet to be revealed, the Dodgers will reportedly include top outfield prospect Yusniel Diaz in the Machado trade, according to Heyman.
According to Jim Bowden, when regular-season play returns, Machado will be in the National League, although which team he plays for is still up in the air.
With the Orioles sitting a historically awful 39.5 games out of first place at the All-Star Break, trading Machado is the first major step toward a complete overhaul. The Orioles drafted Machado out of Brito High School in Miami, Fla., with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2010 MLB Draft. Since then, Machado has drawn comparisons to iconic third basemen Brooks Robinson and Alex Rodriguez, despite being moved to shortstop full-time this past season, and is widely considered one of the three best position players in professional baseball.
Machado is currently batting .315 with 24 home runs and 65 RBIs.
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