By Dean Jones Jr.
The Baltimore Sun
8:53 AM EDT, April 12, 2014
The Orioles play the Toronto Blue Jays in their 11th game of the season tonight at Camden Yards. Orioles right-hander Bud Norris is scheduled to pitch against Blue Jays right-hander Drew Hutchison, and first pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.
How does this year's squad stack up through 10 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 they 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 4-6 record, the Orioles are in last place in the American League East, but they're only 1 1/2 games behind the division-leading Blue Jays and Tampa Bay Rays, who are both 6-5.
Here's how the Orioles fared in previous seasons when they made the playoffs.
The Orioles lost, 5-1, to the New York Yankees on April 17, 1979, in the opener of a three-game series. It was the club's fifth straight defeat. Yankees left-hander Ron Guidry held the Orioles to one run and three hits while striking out 10 batters and walking two in a complete-game victory. Rick Dempsey knocked in the Orioles' only run with a sacrifice fly in the top of the fifth. After losing the following night to increase their season-worst losing streak to six, the Orioles won nine straight games to move over .500.
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 Series
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