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Dan Connolly

Five things that must happen for Orioles to make playoffs

Get consistency from rotation



This has been the biggest concern all year. Yet since the All-Star Break, the rotation has been solid, certainly enough to put the team in position to win. But, frankly, it’s still a bit of a mystery.

Chris Tillman has been exceptionally consistent and Dylan Bundy has been a savior since being inserted into the rotation. But you’re not being fully honest if you say you know what you’re going to get from Yovani Gallardo, Kevin Gausman and Wade Miley each time on the mound.

Gallardo has thrown quality starts in three of his last five outings, but the occasional, rocky five-inning performance is squarely in his portfolio. Gausman has dominant stuff, but can’t always harness it. And Miley has been OK, good and flat-out awful in his three starts since being traded to the Orioles on July 31.

Everyone wants a formidable rotation; a solid, consistent one would be enough to get the Orioles into the postseason.

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