February 23, 2018

Playoff clinching scenarios for the Baltimore Orioles

The O's can punch their ticket to the postseason with a win or a Detroit Tigers loss on Sunday

Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Despite a meltdown in the Bronx yesterday, the Orioles remain alive in the Wild Card race. The Red Sox have already clinched the AL East, so the best Baltimore can do is host the AL Wild Card game against either the Toronto Blue Jays or the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday, Oct. 4.

Here are all the possibilities for the Orioles:

  • The Orioles will qualify for the postseason with a win or a Tigers loss in one of the last two games.
  • The Orioles will host the Wild Card game with a win and a Blue Jays loss. It’s possible for the Orioles to face the Blue Jays or the Tigers at Camden Yards. This all depends on whether a tiebreaker is needed to determine which team grabs the second Wild Card spot.
  • The Orioles will play the Wild Card game in Toronto with a win and a Blue Jays win or a loss and a Tigers loss.
  • The Orioles will be forced into a tiebreaker with the Tigers with a loss and a Blue Jays win along with two Tigers wins (Detroit will still have to make up a game against Cleveland if necessary).
  • The Orioles could potentially play a three-way tiebreaker with the Blue Jays and Tigers with a loss, a Blue Jays loss, and two Tigers wins.

No matter what happens, today won’t be the end of Baltimore’s season. It’s either playoffs or tiebreaker for the Orioles at this point. Baltimore is in control of their own destiny.

About Conner Scott Disotelle 53 Articles
Conner Scott Disotelle is an alumni of Urbana High School and is a current Sport Communication major at Shepherd University. Conner has been an NFL enthusiast since he was 8 years old and his passion for the game will never burn out. Conner has high school experience in football and lacrosse and has collegiate experience in rugby. In May of 2016, Conner joined Maryland Sports Access with the intention of being a beat writer for the Ravens and he hasn't looked back since then. Conner aspires to be an NFL journalist for NFL Network, CBS, NBC, FOX, or ESPN and also plans on writing articles for NFL.com one day.

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