Wanna make the playoffs? Beat Boston.
Sept. 16, 2013
With 13 games remaining in the regular season, the Boston Red Sox will have the greatest say of any opponent as to whether the Orioles make the playoffs. The teams face off six times within two weeks starting with a three-game set at Fenway Park this week. The teams will also play a three-game set to conclude the season from Sept. 27 to Sept. 29 at Camden Yards.
If the Orioles are to qualify for the playoffs, they will almost certainly have to do something they haven’t done since the inaugural season of Oriole Park at Camden Yards in 1992. Or, put another way, something they haven't done sine my man Chito Martinez (pictured) proudly wore the orange and black. That is, the O’s will have to win the season series against Boston for a second consecutive year.
They are currently 7-6 against Boston. That makes them one of four teams to currently have a winning record against the Red Sox in 2013. Detroit, Kansas City, and Texas are the others.
Last year, the Orioles dominated the season series with Boston going 13-5 in head-to-head action. It turned the tide on what had been a lopsided match-up in the Red Sox favor.
Prior to 2012, the O’s managed to split the season series with the Red Sox at nine games apiece in 2010 and to win it in 2004 by going 10-9 versus Boston. Everything in-between was losing, including a 2-16 mark against the Red Sox in 2009. That 2009 effort, or lack thereof, is still one win better than the franchise-worst 1-12 record they posted against the Red Sox back in 1987.
With the recent losing streak ended, the Orioles now look to win consecutive season series against the Red Sox for the first time since 1991 and 1992. (They posted 8-5 marks against Boston both of those years.) Doing so would require a 3-3 run, and even that might not be good enough to put the O's in the postseason.