10 predictions for the second half of the Orioles' season
The Orioles lead the American League East at the All-Star break for the first time since 1997.
With a 52-42 record, they're four games ahead of the Toronto Blue Jays (49-47) in the division. Sure, it is impossible to look into the future to tell whether the Orioles will maintain that lead and win the division.
But it is possible to predict what will happen in the second half, including a prognostication on the club's postseason hopes.
Here are 10 predictions for the Orioles in the second half of the season.
-- Dean Jones Jr., The Baltimore Sun
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No fireworks against Athletics in Oakland( Joy R. Absalon, USA Today Sports / June 8, 2014 )
The benches and bullpens cleared twice during a three-game series between the Orioles and the Athletics at Camden Yards last month, with Manny Machado playing the leading role in several disputes. After the series concluded -- and before Machado finally served his five-game suspension -- everyone looked to this weekend's matchup for the possibility of more issues between the clubs. But baseball fans (and the media) generally seem to anticipate more action than what eventually happens, so expect everyone -- especially Machado -- to behave this weekend.