How Orioles rookie Kyle Bradish has taken step forward for surprisingly competitive Baltimore ?

The Baltimore Orioles, Major League Baseball's surprise team of the summer, now appear highly unlikely to make the playoffs after dropping three of four this week against the Toronto Blue Jays.

The Orioles entered Thursday 4 ½ games back of the Blue Jays with 25 to play, resulting in SportsLine's forecasts giving them a 5 percent shot at the postseason. 

If the Orioles do indeed fall victim to the odds and miss the playoffs, at least they can find solace in the late-season emergence of right-hander Kyle Bradish.

Bradish, originally acquired in the trade that sent Dylan Bundy to the Los Angeles Angels, has had two distinct seasons within the season.

Prior to the injury, Bradish had started 10 times and posted an unimpressive 7.38 ERA.

Bradish has been particularly impressive as of late. He had a short, ineffective start against the Blue Jays on Tuesday that muddied the waters.

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