Despite another losing season in the city of Baltimore in 2011, the Orioles finished on a high note. From September 6 to the end of the regular season, the O's split two four-game series with the Yankees and the Tigers, they took two out of three from both the Rays and the Angels, and in their final seven games against the Red Sox, the O's took five, including the season-ending stunner.
Each of the following squads, at the time, clinched or were contending for a playoff berth. Now, with a new general manager, some new young arms from the Far East, and a solid defense remaining intact, the O's finally look like they are in contention.
Here's why the Orioles will clinch a playoff spot (and quite possibly the AL East).