Immediately after sweeping the Yankees and basically killing their playoff chances. The Red Sox took it upon themselves to hurt another AL East Rival’s playoff chances. This time the Baltimore Orioles fell victim to a 4-game sweep at the hands of the Red Sox. The Red Sox were the first team to complete back-to-back 4-game sweeps over eight days since the Houston Astros did it against the Reds and Giants from August 7-14, 2008.
The sweep dropped the Orioles out of the second wild card game as the Detroit Tigers completed a 3-game sweep of the Minnesota Twins to take a half game lead.
The sweep isn’t as damaging to the Orioles as it was to the Yankees since the Orioles were in the driver’s seat when the series started, but the O’s who have been struggling down the stretch, no longer have any room for comfort to make the postseason.
The Red Sox on the other hand are in the driver’s seat to win the AL East, with a comfortable 5.5 game lead and a 3-game trip to the last place Tampa Bay Rays on deck.
Can the Orioles recover and make the playoffs?
[Image Credit: Nancy Lane via Boston Herald]