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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Chris Tillman will lead team in wins and ERA( Kenneth K. Lam, Baltimore Sun / June 10, 2014 )
Right-hander Chris Tillman entered this season as the Orioles ace after he broke through last year with a 16-7 record, 3.71 ERA and an All-Star appearance. But he struggled early in the season, failing to pitch at least six innings in eight of his first 13 starts. He had a 5.68 ERA in seven starts in May. But now we're at the All-Star break, and Tillman's 4.11 ERA is lower than his 4.25 career mark. Tillman had 11 wins in 19 starts during the first half a year ago. He likely won't have that many wins this year, but it's a safe bet that he'll lead the team in wins and ERA during the season's final 2 1/2 months.