We're at the All-Star break, so it's a good time to once again check the Orioles' progress against previous teams who made the playoffs in franchise history.
How does this year's squad stack up through 94 games against successful Orioles teams of the past?
With a 52-42 record, the Orioles lead the American League East division. They're four games ahead of the Toronto Blue Jays (49-47) and five games ahead of the New York Yankees (47-47).
With high expectations this season, we'll periodically continue to track how the club is performing 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.
Also, be sure to check out some of our midseason coverage:
Here's how the Orioles fared in previous seasons when they made the playoffs.
The Orioles lost to the Boston Red Sox, 6-1, in their 94th game of the 1969 season. The defeat started a three-game sweep by the Red Sox at Fenway Park that would close the Orioles' American League East division lead over Boston to 11 games. But that was the smallest lead the Orioles would have for the rest of the season as they cruised to a 109-53 record and won the division by 19 games. Of course, as everyone knows, the season didn't end happily as they were beaten by the New York Mets in five games in the World Series.
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