By Ben Linton on August 27, 2014
The Baltimore Orioles have played consistent baseball in 2014, which has helped them achieve a seven-game lead in the AL East. Though there are still many games left to be played, let's have some fun and take a look at who the O's could match up against in the playoffs.
If the season ended today, the Orioles would find themselves matched up against the Kansas City Royals, one of the hottest teams in baseball right now. The Royals have gone 18-6 in August to claim first place in the AL Central. Baltimore is 3-4 against the Royals this season, and it would be an exciting series if they played each other in the playoffs.
The Seattle Mariners are one of the most improved teams in MLB this season, led by one of the best rotations in baseball. The Orioles have had their way with the M's this season, winning five of the seven contests between the teams. The Mariners are currently tied for the final AL Wild Card spot.
The Los Angeles Angels are a very talented team that could be dangerous come October. They have a number of players with postseason experience and one of the best players in the league in Mike Trout. However, the Orioles won the season series against the Angels 4-2, including a series victory in Anaheim.
The Oakland Athletics are one of the strongest teams in the AL, with the highest run differential in the MLB (+164). Everyone knows that the playoffs are all about pitching, and the A's might have the best one in all of baseball. They have given the O's trouble this season, winning four out of the six contests between the two teams.
The Detroit Tigers are the last team the Orioles would like to see in the playoffs, though it may be inevitable. Even though the Tigers have recently been struggling, they still have a championship DNA composed of dominant pitching and powerful hitting. Baltimore has had no luck against Detroit this year, going 1-5 against Tigers this season.
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