1. Back in the driver's seat: The Orioles reclaimed control of whether they'll make the playoffs by passing the Detroit Tigers for the second wild card Saturday. The Orioles lead the Tigers by a half-game, the Seattle Mariners by 2 1/2 games and the Houston Astros by three with seven games to play. The Orioles' unrealistic American League East title hopes could officially be put to bed today if they lose or the Boston Red Sox win. So, it's all about the wild card, and the Orioles would be in the game if it happened today.
2. Best of Bundy: Rookie Dylan Bundy's late-season slide continued with five earned runs in five innings his last time out. He now has a 6.62 ERA in seven starts since it was 2.93 on Aug. 12. Bundy hopes to augment his arsenal next year with the cutter he removed for health reasons this season. But first, it's all about now. And the Orioles need to see the better version of Bundy to finish the sweep.
3. Good morning, bats: After going 3-for-34 (.088) with runners in scoring position in scoring three runs or fewer over seven straight games, the Orioles took a step forward with six runs on nine hits Saturday night. They went 2-for-11 with RISP, but added two homers and started to look more like their old selves at the plate. The Orioles will need to keep that going with bigger tests ahead in Toronto and New York.