At the beginning of the 2012 MLB season, "experts" predicted four out of the five American League East teams to be playoff contenders. The team that was left out of the mix, the Baltimore Orioles, has spent the first half of the season proving it belongs as well, officially making it baseball's only five-team race.
Now in second place at the All-Star break, the Orioles have won games with grit, determination and clutch play to propel themselves into the playoff hunt for the first time in over a decade.
The question now is, what type of future awaits the Orioles in the second half of the season? Will they fall apart by September, or will they be making the New York Yankees and the rest of the AL East sweat as they make a serious push into postseason play?
Here are six bold predictions that will spell success or despair for baseball fans in charm city.