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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At least two deals by July 31 nonwaiver trade deadline( Jim Rogash, Getty Images / April 18, 2014 )
It's almost guaranteed that executive vice president Dan Duquette and manager Buck Showalter will make the necessary trades to put the Orioles in the best position to capture a playoff berth. The club acquired designated hitter Jim Thome and left-hander Joe Saunders before making the playoffs in 2012. Last season, they traded for three right-handed pitchers -- Scott Feldman, Bud Norris and Francisco Rodriguez -- but fell short of the postseason. Expect the Orioles to remain active again this year, even if they only make minor moves instead of a big splash.