Checking in on Where Each Baltimore Orioles' Affiliate Stands in Playoff Races

While there is roughly eight weeks left in the MLB regular season, the minor league season is about a month away from completion and playoffs begin. Today, I give you a quick update on each of the O's affiliates and where they stand in their respective races for the playoffs.

Prince George's Stadium
Photo: Patrick Cavey

Keep in mind that at certain levels, leagues separate their season into halves, so it's not just what a team's overall record is, but they can earn a playoff with their first or second half performance.

AAA Norfolk Tides (55-63)

Unfortunately for the Tides, there will be no postseason for them this season as they sit 17.5 games back of International League South Division leading Durham and are nowhere close to the wildcard spot either.

Their elimination number is eight.

AA Bowie Baysox (60-56)

The Baysox are sitting pretty at the moment as they trail the Eastern League Western Division leader Altoona by just a half game, while holding a 1.5 game lead over Akron for the wildcard spot out of the Western Division.

Things have been much better for Bowie at home this year going 33-24 at Prince George's Stadium, while being five games under .500 on the road. Overall they have 24 games remaining with 13 of those coming at home.

High-A Frederick Keys (53-61 overall) (22-23 second half)

The Keys struggled in the first half, but thanks to the season format, their second half performance has them just six games back of the division leading Lynchburg Hillcats.

The Hillcats won the division in the first half, so if they win the division in the second half, a playoff spot opens up for the team that finishes second in the division in the second half. That spot is currently held by the Salem Red Sox, but the Keys trail the Red Sox by just two games. The home, three-game set against the Red Sox at the end of August could be huge for the Keys and their possible playoff chances.

Low-A Delmarva Shorebirds (50-64 overall) (21-25 second half)

The Shorebirds are unfortunately a bit of a long shot for a playoff berth in 2017. They are playing much better in the second half than they did in the first half, but they still trail a potential playoff spot by 5.5 games and have three teams in front of them.

Short-season A Aberdeen Ironbirds (28-22)

The Ironbirds have played some good baseball thus far this season having some standout performers on both the mound and at the plate. They earned seven All-Star nods to lead all teams.

They currently trail division leading Staten Island by 2.5 games, and trail Mahoning Valley by 1.5 games for the wildcard spot.

Gulf Coast League Orioles (21-19)

This one is going to come down to the wire for the GCL Orioles in the South division. Outside of the GCL Rays, the other three teams in the South division are .500 or better are are within three games of each other.

The GCL Orioles trail the division leading GCL Twins by just two games and still play them four more times before the season concludes. The Gulf Coast League has four divisions and the four division winners make the playoffs, there are no wildcard spots.

Dominican Summer League Orioles (24-31) 

After a nine-game winning streak from July 8-18 and winning 11 of 12, things looked good for the DSL Orioles, but thanks to dropping eight of their last 10, the DSL Orioles now find themselves 13 games back and have an elimination number of four games.

Along with the big league club, there are a few minor league affiliates who are attempting to make a playoff push as the season comes down the backstretch and hopefully, Baby Birdland will have some playoff series to cover!


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