The Orioles' series loss in Oakland this week kicked off the season's most treacherous road trip in disappointing fashion.
But the team has fared well in similar trips under Buck Showalter, giving a hint of solace as the Orioles head to Anaheim for three games against the red-hot Angels.
Last year's monster trip occurred early in the season, with 11 games in Oakland, Seattle, and Anaheim in late April and early May. The Orioles took three of four from the Athletics and the Angels, with a win over the Mariners sandwiched in between. A 7-4 road trip out west is nothing to scoff at, but the early success didn't ultimately translate to a postseason berth.
The Orioles made two big trips out west in 2012, with a trip to Boston tacked onto the end of the second AL West venture. The Orioles took two of three from the Mariners in early July before losing three of four in Anaheim the following series, then went 8-3 combined at Oakland, Seattle, and Boston in September to propel the team to the postseason.
The pair of trips to the opposite coasts didn't go so well in 2011. The Orioles lost three straight to Oakland before salvaging the last of a three-game series with Seattle in May of that year, then returned out west in August to take one of three from Oakland, get swept in three games by Anaheim before trouncing the Twins in four games on the way home.
Every team has to head out west at least once, and this is the Orioles' only time to do so.
A showing like they've put on on the left coast in years past, especially against the quality of competition they're facing in the league-leading Athletics and Angels, would be perfectly desirable result to kick off the second half of the season.