Orioles Propelled in Playoff Race by Reliable Bullpen, Long Ball (Video)

The Baltimore Orioles enter Saturday night's game against the Boston Red Sox just half a game back from the New York Yankees for first place in the American League East.

Baltimore has become the team to root for in 2012, and the Orioles can credit their success to a stellar bullpen and home run power. The O's have set a franchise record this season, hitting 122 home runs at Camden Yards.

When a team can produce instant offense like that, it helps to have a bullpen that can ensure a lead is safe. Orioles manager Buck Showalter has relied heavily on his pen this season, and it has answered the call. Baltimore's bullpen is second in MLB with 31 wins and 52 saves, and it ranks fourth in both innings pitched (532 1/3) and ERA (3.04).

Even when the pressure is on, the Baltimore relievers don't break a sweat, helping the team reach a 27-9 record in one-run games.

Check out the video above to hear Jerry Remy talk about why Baltimore has had so much success this season.

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