Things are getting very interesting in Baltimore.
Don't look now, but the Orioles are the best team in the majors with a 19-9 record. They are coming off of a 5-1 road trip that included a series win in New York and the first franchise sweep in Boston since 1994.
Despite every prognosticator saying that the Orioles would not improve over last season, the birds have shocked the world. Strong play from unlikely sources are turning this franchise around.
The Orioles have a tough road ahead of them. There's a whole lot of baseball left, and the Orioles' upcoming homestand is against the three best teams in the AL: the Texas Rangers, Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees.
To make matters worse, they also go to Washington to face the Nationals, who are tied for the best record in the NL.
For an AL East title, the Orioles need to stay consistent. Here are five things that they should focus on to make it to the finish line.