Baltimore Orioles: 5 Players Who Must Step Up to Secure a Playoff Spot

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Baltimore Orioles: 5 Players Who Must Step Up to Secure a Playoff Spot
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Just 47 games remain on the Baltimore Orioles' regular-season schedule, and MLB fans faithful to the orange and black have begun to fear pinching themselves.

At 62-53, it seems the thumbs of baseball gods are pointed north. Now the winners of seven of the past 10 games, Buck Showalter and Co. recently got news that hot rookie Manny Machado was selected AL co-Player of the Week, per The Baltimore Sun.

Now the national hype machine is on the prowl, as O's fans sit aboard this magical ride, hoping flanged iron wheels do not fly off.  

Peering down the wooden track, Orioles fans cannot help beg the question: What will these birds do?

Will they fight? Will they flee? Will they ultimately shock baseball powers that be?

Like a heart-jolting suspense novel, this strong-willed team has become the most enigmatic mystery.

That said, this doesn't have to be. If the following five players highlighted in this slideshow step up down the stretch, the Orioles and their fans will get to boogie.

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