With the way things have been going for the Baltimore Orioles as of late, I don't feel confident in them making the playoffs. They currently sit 6.5 games out in the AL East and 3.5 out in the wild card.
So, why am I not confident in the Orioles being able to make the playoffs?
For starters, their play has been lackadaisical as of late, losing eight of their last 13 games. Let's not forget that they have a 17-17 record since the All-Star break.
You must also remember that they don't have the most favorable schedule the rest of the way. They still have eight games with the Red Sox and seven games left with the Yankees.
While they do own winning records over both, that doesn't take into account the big improvements both rival clubs made to their teams at the trading deadline.
Boston's superiority was shown in Tuesday's 13-2 win, and the Yankees will be able to show their improvement soon enough.
The Orioles made a few trades (Scott Feldman, Bud Norris, Francisco Rodriguez), but they haven't improved their inconsistencies during the second half. How else do you explain a 13-2 drubbing?
Look for the Orioles to play .500 ball (at best) down the stretch, which will cause them to miss the playoffs.