BALTIMORE – With six games to play, the Orioles have been eliminated from postseason consideration.
“It’s extremely disappointing,” manager Buck Showalter said. “We’ve got six games left here, and there are some teams counting on us to put our best foot forward every night. These games mean a lot to other teams, which make them mean a lot to us.”
The Orioles have three games with Toronto and three with New York.
“I’m trying to stay focus on these six games,” Showalter said.
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Showalter’s team put together 11 wins in 15 games before its current four-game losing streak.
“We knew it was going to be a tough climb, September. We made some good runs. It looked like we might get there, got us close. We played meaningful games late in September. It’s a habit we want to keep,” Showalter said.
The Orioles must win their remaining six games for the fourth straight winning record. They must win five of six to finish .500.
“We want to get to the finish line. We were disappointed last year, the way the season ended,” Showalter said.
“It’s tough. The first time you see those [packing] boxes in the locker room, it’s not fun. I haven’t seen those in a while, the last couple of years.”
A year ago, the Orioles clinched the AL East against Toronto. The Blue Jays could do that here with a magic number of two.
“I told the guys in spring: ‘People are going to try and take something away from you. It’s going to be a challenge to defend it,’’’ Showalter said.
For now, Showalter won’t play younger players as long as Toronto and New York’s playoff status aren’t affected.
“If we get to the point where the games do not affect something,” Showalter said. “I might do things differently if we get there.”
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