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"What happens in a three-game series shouldn’t be determinative, but if the Orioles were to win this series, or even sweep, and perhaps head into the All-Star break clinging to a playoff berth, it will be that much harder for Mike Elias to take the next steps in this building process. Buying would become a potential option; keep in mind that the Orioles have gotten replacement-level performance from their double-play combination this year, and not much better at third base, so adding even league-average infielders would make a big difference to them."