“We’re going to try to do everything we can to get into the playoffs this year,” Orioles GM Dan Duquette told FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal. “I just think it’s important to the fans that they know we’re trying to put a good team on the field and have a good season.”

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As Rosenthal points out, despite losing six of their last seven games and 17 of their last 24, the Orioles are still playoff contenders in July for the first time since 2005.  Unfortunately we all know how that season ended.

But Duquette believes that stabilizing the rotation can still lead the Birds to the postseason.  “Our future is now,” he said.

Like Rosenthal, I don’t believe Zack Greinke or Cole Hamels will be coming to Baltimore at the end of the month.  But I am encouraged that the Orioles still want to go for this thing.  Making the postseason should be the goal for the front office, but winning 82 games would be a huge step for this franchise and can’t be considered a disappointment.