Though the Baltimore Orioles won just three more games in 2011 than they did in 2010, the way they finished the season was completely marvelous. The Birds finished September with a 14-10 record versus contending playoff teams, including taking five of seven from the Red Sox to eliminate them from playoff contention.
Last year, with a 34-23 finish down the stretch, Birdland's aspirations were high, but by the time this season progressed they crashed back down to Earth. However, with this fantastic finish, it seems that next year they will finally have another winning season and make it to the postseason.
So, here are five reasons why they must clinch a playoff spot in 2012.