The Baltimore Orioles have not had a lot to play for in recent months. The Birds got off to a promising start in April, but the season quickly soured for Buck Showalter's team. It seems the team would limp to the finish without much reason to fight on.
That has changed thanks to the Red Sox's monumental collapse.
A 4-14 start to September has guaranteed the Red Sox will spend the last nine games of the season battling the Rays for their postseason lives.
Six of those nine games will be against the Orioles. This gives new meaning to the Orioles season. The Orioles are well suited to play the role of spoiler. They are a young team with nothing to lose. The Red Sox are the ones facing enormous pressure to win.
Spoiling the postseason hopes of the mighty Red Sox would provide an excellent end to the Orioles season. It would boost the confidence of a young roster and ease the sting of a 14th consecutive losing season in Baltimore.
It will not be easy for the Orioles to foil Boston's postseason hopes, but it can be done.