Where will the 2018 Baltimore Orioles ultimately rank among all O’s teams to start a season 5-11?
A 5-11 start to a season has more often than not ended up on the positive side of the ledger for the Orioles with two such teams compiling 90 or more wins. However, there are also two teams with 90 or more losses in the bunch.
Here are the five other O’s teams to begin the season with a 5-11 record in rank order from best to worst.
1. 1982 Baltimore Orioles: 94-68, second place in the A.L. East, 1 game back
An early nine-game losing streak contributed to the O’s only losing month of the season. The team made a thrilling, if ultimately disappointing run to the wire behind a 19-9 September. Needing a four-game sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers to win the division, the Orioles fell short in the season finale, which led to an emotional scene at Memorial Stadium given Earl Weaver’s retirement.
Howard Cosell: “You are bearing witness to one of the most remarkable scenes maybe that you will ever see in sport.”
2. 1978 Baltimore Orioles: 90-71, fourth place in the A.L. East, 9 games back
The Orioles opened the season with five consecutive road losses but seemed to find their stride by the end of May when they reeled off a season-best 13-game win streak from May 31 to June 14. A season-worst eight-game lose streak followed later that month.
3. 1993 Baltimore Orioles: 85-77, third place in the A.L. East, 10 games back
A remarkable 20-7 run in June revived the Orioles, who had two losing months to begin the season. The team ascended to first place for exactly one day on July 20 when they stood a half-game ahead of both the New York Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays.
4. 2002 Baltimore Orioles: 67-95, fourth place in the A.L. East, 36.5 games back
If the team losing six of its first seven games to open the season didn’t break fans’ spirits, then a 12-game losing streak to end the season surely took whatever was left of their ever-loving baseball souls. The Orioles concluded a miserable 2002 campaign with a 4-24 record in September.
5. 1954 Baltimore Orioles: 54-100, seventh place in the American League, 57 games back
The Orioles honored their 1954 arrival in Baltimore by winning exactly 54 games. A 3-1 victory in their home opener gave the Orioles a winning record (2-1) for the first and only time in three years. The O’s wouldn’t have a winning record again until after Opening Day in 1957.