The O's battle the New York Yankees in a winner-take-all Game 5 this evening. Whomever wins will advance to meet Detroit in a best-of-seven series beginning on Saturday.
Justin Verlander and Co. were in this position a year ago, tested over five games in the divisional round and set to oppose a team that had a superior regular-season record. It didn't work out, as the Tigers were eliminated from the 2011 ALCS in six games.
Against the Orioles, however, they would be poised to clinch a World Series berth for the following reasons.