Two years ago, the Orioles made the playoffs as a wild card, but that was a team that seemed an anomaly, often winning by a single run or in extra innings thanks to a dominating closer. This year's team has been something different altogether — possessing that most magical of qualities known as team chemistry. The entire line-up contributes, and so does the whole pitching staff. It is not a team of stars — although having the Major League's best home run hitter in Nelson Cruz doesn't hurt — but a band of brothers who seem unfazed by the challenges they've faced, whether it was the season-ending injuries to Matt Wieters and Manny Machado or, more recently, the 25-game suspension given Chris Davis. After all, what's a mere three All-Star players? Or the lack of a true ace on the pitching staff? Apparently, not that much when everyone shares the load.