The Baltimore Orioles (89-67) sit comfortably in the driver's seat for one of the two wild-card spots, and appear to be as close to a lock as a team can get heading into the final week of the MLB season.
Now that that's settled, it's time to start planning accordingly. As most O's fans will tell you, getting to a one-game playoff is enough to guarantee that this season is an enormous success, but that doesn't mean we won't get greedy and demand a win in that do-or-die affair.
With a piece-meal rotation and a lineup that's big on both home runs and strikeouts, it's hard to envision what kind of team Buck Showalter will put on the field for a one-game playoff, much less a five- or seven-game series.
Still, that's our job, to predict the unpredictable, so let's take a stab and foresee what the final week of the season and the playoff opener will hold for the Orioles.