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5 Reasons Why Baltimore Orioles Should Be Favored To Win World Series

5 Reasons Why Baltimore Orioles Should Be World Series Favorites

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After missing the playoffs by 6.5 games last season, many fans did not expect the Baltimore Orioles to become one of the best teams in MLB in 2014. This season, the Orioles boast the second-best win percentage and possess the largest division lead in all of baseball. Let's take a look at what has made Baltimore so successful and the five reasons why the Orioles should be favored to win the World Series.

5. Buck Showalter

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5. Buck Showalter

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Although Buck Showalter has been fired numerous times in his MLB managing career, he has done a tremendous job in Baltimore. Showalter is far from a laid-back guy, and this passion and tireless work ethic has been translated to the Orioles’ play this season. Showalter's detailed approach to the game of baseball has helped propel Baltimore to one of the best teams in the league.

4. Ability to Overcome Adversity

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4. Ability to Overcome Adversity

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Baltimore has not used the severe injuries of two of their best offensive weapons as an excuse during this season. Combined, Manny Machado and Matt Wieters have appeared in only 108 games during 2014. Still, Baltimore has found capable replacements and battled through that adversity when the team could have easily quit.

3. Bullpen

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3. Bullpen

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Baltimore's 3.03 bullpen ERA is the eighth-best in all of baseball. Zach Britton, who was moved from a starter to a closer just a few months ago, has flourished in his new role. Britton owns an impressive 1.92 ERA and .85 WHIP, and he is 30-of-33 in save opportunities.

2. Defensive Efficiency

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2. Defensive Efficiency

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Simply put, Baltimore makes opponents earn their runs, which is usually a staple of great baseball teams. The Orioles play some of the best defense in MLB, committing the third-least amount of errors in the league. Baltimore also owns the second-best fielding percentage in the league just behind the Cincinnati Reds.

1. Offensive Firepower

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1. Offensive Firepower

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With the likes of Nelson Cruz, Adam Jones and Chris Davis, the Orioles have more power than any other team in baseball. Baltimore has hit 173 home runs this year in only 134 games, 20 more home runs than the second-best team. This home run power has also translated to the team's third-best slugging percentage and fourth-best OPS.

Nicholas Sciria is a San Antonio Spurs writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Nick_Sciria, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.