10 Biggest Reasons Baltimore Orioles Are Contending Again

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10 Biggest Reasons Baltimore Orioles Are Contending Again
Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

In 2012, the Baltimore Orioles won their first postseason game since 1997. And while the city of Baltimore was buzzing with their success, the Orioles have been equally as impressive in 2013. Many of the pieces have remained the same, but with the emergence of Manny Machado, and the consistent long ball from Chris Davis, the Orioles have found themselves in another pennant race.

As of August 18th, the Orioles are five and a half games out of first place and two and a half games out of the final wild-card spot. Very much in the playoff hunt, the Orioles will rely on defense, home runs and the success they had in 2012 to get back to playing October baseball.  This article will take a look at the 10 biggest reasons why the Orioles are contending again.

The criterion for this list was thoroughly composed by looking at the biggest strengths of the Orioles this season.  The majority of the strengths were built upon from last year, while some are unique to 2013. 

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