The Orioles play the Seattle Mariners in their 101st game of the season tonight at Safeco Field. Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen is scheduled to pitch against Mariners right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma, and first pitch is set for 10:10 p.m.
How does this year's squad stack up through 100 games against successful Orioles teams of the past? With high expectations this season, we'll try to track how the club is performing periodically compared to previous years when the Orioles made the playoffs.
As long as the Orioles remain in playoff contention, we'll track their performance against history. If they fall out of the pennant chase, we'll look at their record in different ways.
With a 55-45 record, the Orioles are three games ahead of the New York Yankees (52-48) and the Toronto Blue Jays (53-49) in the American League East division.
Here's how the Orioles fared in previous seasons when they made the playoffs.
Against the Oakland Athletics on July 27, 2012, the Orioles rallied from a 5-0 deficit after the top of the second inning to take a 9-8 lead heading into the top of the ninth at Camden Yards. Closer Jim Johnson retired the leadoff batter, Yoenis Cespedes, on a groundout to first base. But that was the only out Johnson would record as he was charged with six runs, five hits and one walk in one-third of an inning in the Orioles' 14-9 loss. It was Johnson's third blown save of the season. First baseman Chris Davis and center fielder Adam Jones each hit a home run in the loss.
Season finish: 93-69, lost in AL Division Series to New York Yankees
Season finish: 98-64, lost in AL Championship Series to Cleveland Indians
Season finish: 88-74, lost in ALCS to Yankees
Season finish: 98-64, beat Philadelphia Phillies in World Series
Season finish: 102-57, lost in World Series to Pittsburgh Pirates
Season finish: 91-71, lost in ALCS to Oakland Athletics
Season finish: 97-65, lost in ALCS to Athletics
Season finish: 101-57, lost in World Series to Pirates
Season finish: 108-54, beat Cincinnati Reds in World Series
Season finish: 109-53, lost in World Series to New York Mets
Season finish: 97-63, beat Los Angeles Dodgers in World SeriesCopyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun