Baltimore Orioles and 4 Current Contenders Who Will Fade as Summer Continues

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Baltimore Orioles and 4 Current Contenders Who Will Fade as Summer Continues
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It’s almost the midway point in the 2012 MLB season and teams across the league have their sights set on a playoff berth.  While many teams have dominated their divisions up until this point, some will eventually cool down and fall off.

Professional baseball has a long and grueling 162-game schedule.  The best teams manage to play at a high level throughout the year, often playing their best ball towards the end of the regular season and into the postseason.  In the coming months, baseball fans will find out which teams are the real deal and which teams are putting on a façade.

While no team wants to suffer a second half collapse, some will be unable to avoid one.  Whether a team is plagued by injuries or is simply unable to handle the late-season pressure, the reasons for drop-offs go on and on.  The teams highlighted in this article are the current contenders who are most likely crumble as the summer wears on.

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