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Baltimore Orioles: 7 Potential AL Wild-Card Pitching Matchups
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The AL race to the postseason is proving to be one of the most memorable in years.

For seven MLB ballclubs in the hunt, nothing is guaranteed. As the New York Yankees have experienced in recent days, no division lead is safe.

Same goes for the Texas Rangers, who have the Oakland Athletics and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim looming in the American League West.

Meanwhile, the Tampa Bay Rays continue to apply pressure in the AL East. And the Chicago White Sox have stolen thunder from a surprisingly underachieving Detroit Tigers ballclub in the AL Central.

Then there are the Baltimore Orioles. At 76-60, this proud and resolute team has stuck a wrench fit for Paul Bunyan’s hands into MLB’s playoff gears. With 26 games to play on the regular season schedule, Baltimore's faithful are slowly (though hesitantly) getting playoff fever. 

Winners of nine of the past 12 ballgames, the Orioles have the opportunity to rise from two miserable decades of baseball to win the AL East.

Yet, say the Orioles do not win the AL East. Say this team earns one of the two wild-card spots and is forced to play one of the seven teams above in a one-game playoff.

Barring injury or poor performance, Jason Hammel would get the nod for Baltimore.

But who would Hammel match up against?

In this slideshow, I will showcase seven stud pitchers Hammel could potentially face in a one-game playoff.

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