The Orioles play the Tampa Bay Rays in their 31st game of the season tonight at Tropicana Field. Orioles right-hander Bud Norris is scheduled to pitch against Rays left-hander Cesar Ramos, and first pitch is set for 7:10 p.m.
How does this year's squad stack up through 30 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 16-14 record, the Orioles are tied with the New York Yankees (17-15) for first place in the American League East.
Here's how the Orioles fared in previous seasons when they made the playoffs.
The Milwaukee Brewers routed the Orioles, 13-1, in front of an announced 46,027 at Camden Yards on May 5, 1996. Brewers right-hander Ben McDonald held his former team to one run and four hits in six innings to improve to 4-1 on the season. McDonald, who signed with Milwaukee as a free agent in January 1996, finished 12-10 with a 3.90 ERA in 35 starts that year. Orioles right-hander Jimmy Haynes fell to 1-4 after being charged with five runs and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings, while third baseman B.J. Surhoff was 2-for-3 with a double and a home run. The Orioles dropped to 16-14 with the loss, two games behind the Yankees in the AL East.
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