By Dean Jones Jr.
The Baltimore Sun
9:05 AM EDT, April 4, 2014
The Orioles (1-2) are scheduled to play the Detroit Tigers (2-0) in their fourth game of the season today at Comerica Park. The game is set for a 1:08 p.m. Right-hander Miguel Gonzalez is expected to start for the Orioles, while Detroit will send right-hander Anibal Sanchez to the mound.
How does this year's squad stack up through three games against successful Orioles teams of the past? With high expectations this season, we'll try to track how the club is performing through each game compared to previous years in which 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.
Here's how the Orioles fared in previous seasons in which they made the playoffs.
On April 9, 1983, the Orioles fell to 1-2 after suffering an 8-4 loss to the Cleveland Indians with an announced 52,150 in attendance at Cleveland Stadium. It was the last time the Orioles would be below .500 as they marched to their third World Series title that season. The Orioles had two seven-game losing streaks that year (May 20 to May 26 and Aug. 6 to Aug. 12), but they also had an eight-game winning streak from Aug. 24 to Aug. 31.
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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