After finishing in last place in 2011 with an under .500 record of 69-93, the Orioles had a productive offseason and have seemed to be hitting on all cylinders so far in the first half of 2012.
They have a 45-40 record, seven games back of the first place New York Yankees.
Even though they have not looked very strong as of late, Baltimore still finds themselves in the playoff hunt for the first time in over a decade. They have shown that they can dig down and win games with grit and determination. They have shown they can also blow a weaker opponent away.
The team of black and orange gets a nice and much-needed break during the All-Star week. Outfielder Nick Markakis is healthy again, and the Orioles can stop their landslide before it gets out of control.