The Orioles aren’t winning one of the two wild card spots — and here’s why

September 14, 2012 | Drew Forrester

Yep, you read it right.

The Orioles will not be playing in the one-game wild card game on Friday, October 5.

That’s because they’re winning the American League East.

Book it.

The Yankees and Tampa Bay will fight it out for the “other” wild card spot after Oakland claims one out in the American League West.

There’s no need for me to go into a full-blown explanation of how or why the Birds are going to win the East.  You’ve watched the games all year.  Luck aside — thanks Bobby Valentine — there are just too many other obvious signs that point to the fact that the Orioles are actually going to claim the top perch in the East.

Chris Davis threw two shutout innings in Boston back in May.  And was the winning pitcher in that game.

Nate McLouth showed up after a stint in the minors, looking like the Nate McLouth who used to be really good.

Some guy named Tyler Teagarden has contributed to three or four wins…which is about as many games as I think he’s played all season.  He could walk into any Royal Farms in Baltimore and not one person would know he is.

Oh, wait, his name is Taylor, not Tyler?  See what I mean…

Mark Reynolds started the year at 3rd base and looked like Roger Dorn from Major League, taking balls off his shoulders, hands, etc.  Then he moved to first base in May and looks like the second coming of Mark Teixeira over there.

The Orioles called up Manny Machado in August and he’s been outstanding since his call-up.  He’s the first Oriole to ever collect a game-winning hit before he was able to shave.

It’s been an amazing run.

And it’s only going to get better – and more fun – in the next month.

The Orioles are going to win the American League East.

From worst to first.

Mark it down, kids.

Baltimore Orioles — 2012 American League East Champions.