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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Kevin Gausman (finally) a regular in starting rotation( Algerina Perna, Baltimore Sun / July 13, 2014 )
After bouncing back and forth between the Orioles and the minor leagues, right-hander Kevin Gausman finished the first half with a complete-game victory Sunday night over the Yankees. OK, so the "complete game" was actually a five-inning, rain-shortened win. But it doesn't take away the fact that Gausman improved to 4-2 with a 3.29 ERA in seven starts for the Orioles this year. The club (finally) appears to have loosened its restrictions for Gausman's workload, so look for the 23-year-old to play an important role -- in the major leagues -- down the stretch.