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Game 137 Thread: Orioles vs. Royals

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The home stretch

Outfielders Edward Olivares #14, Andrew Benintendi #16 and Michael A. Taylor #2 of the Kansas City Royals congratulate each other after the Royals defeated the Chicago White Sox 6-0 to win the game at Kauffman Stadium on September 05, 2021 in Kansas City, Missouri.
Outfielders Edward Olivares #14, Andrew Benintendi #16 and Michael A. Taylor #2 of the Kansas City Royals congratulate each other after the Royals defeated the Chicago White Sox 6-0 to win the game at Kauffman Stadium on September 05, 2021 in Kansas City, Missouri.
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For as bad as the Kansas City Royals have been this year, the Baltimore Orioles have been even worse. See, the Royals currently stand at 61-75, and have been playing at above .500 ball since July 20. They’re on pace for 73 wins, and could get realistically get in the range of 75 to 78.

The Orioles, though, have never been good this year. They’re bad. Awful. Horrendous. They are the worst team in the league at a rather preposterous 43-92. Yes, that’s 92 losses on September 6. Woof. That’s on pace for 52 wins and 110 losses on the season.

And yet, the Orioles aren’t even guaranteed of the top pick in next year’s draft. That’s because the Arizona Diamondbacks are right on their tail, only half a game back from the Orioles. The Pittsburgh Pirates are also bearing down on them, having lost six in a row and sporting a worse run differential than the Diamondbacks. Can you imagine losing 110 games and not even getting the first overall pick?

What I’m saying is that the Orioles should want to get beat by the Royals, so that they can maintain their pace. These O’s ain’t Royal, that’s for sure.

Orioles lineup

Royals lineup