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6. But if they do win the division ...
Their first round matchup would be against the AL Central winner, either the Detroit Tigers or the Chicago White Sox. The O's are 3-3 against the former and 6-2 against the latter.
With a potential Triple Crown winner and one of the best pitchers in baseball, the Tigers give the greatest cause for concern, but the AL Central is one of the weakest divisions in baseball. Case in point: the third place teams in the AL East and West currently have a better record than the division-leading Tigers.
Yes, we did just say anything can happen in October, but it never hurts to have the odds in your favor.
September 30, 2012