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Key week coming for Orioles

Nick Markakis and the Baltimore Orioles will have their easiest week for the remainder of the season so picking up wins now is crucial.

By: Mark Foudos

This week could be the make or break week for the Orioles after taking two out of three games in Tampa, putting them one game ahead of their division rival in the AL East and Wildcard standings with a 57-51 record.

While winning the division still seems out of the question as the Yankees with them winning two games against Seattle to improve to 63-44, giving them a 6.5 game lead in the division, the Orioles are still in contention for one of the two wild card spots and have a favorable schedule coming up. The Orioles play the Mariners and Royals this week, both are under .500 and not playing very well. Meanwhile, the Yankees have a tough four-game series with the 58-50 Detroit Tigers, which are currently holding onto one of those two wildcard sports. The Tigers are tied with the Oakland Athletics and the two half a game ahead of the Los Angeles Angels and one game ahead of the Orioles.

The Tigers, coming off a 10-inning comeback against Cleveland, have a lot of confidence and have their ace, Justin Verlander, on the mound Monday for their first game of the series against the Yankees. With Verlander on the mound the Tigers might be as locked for a victory as a team can be, assuming they will give him the run-support he needs.

After a four-game series against the Tigers the Yankees then have to play a three-game series against the always tough Toronto Blue Jays.

If the Tigers can take two of the tfour games against the Yankees then the Orioles will have a chance to move up on the 27-time World Series champions if they can win six of their seven games against the Mariners and Royals. If the Orioles don’t take that many then there is a potential problem. The Orioles have a brutal schedule in August so they have to make up as much room as they can early and just try to keep pace later.

In August the Orioles are scheduled to face Boston, Detroit, Texas, Toronto, Chicago White Sox and finally the Yankees. The Yankees play some tough opponents as well: Toronto, Texas, Boston, the Chicago White Sox, Cleveland, Toronto again, and then Baltimore.

With the extra wild card spot more teams have a chance to make the post season whereas last year many of the teams currently in it would have had no chance last year. The Orioles must keep pace. If they lose a game this week things could be all over as the next few are incredibly tough but a worthy playoff team should be able to have enough success against them.

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