In recent years when the Orioles would play at Fenway Park or Yankee Stadium, it usually didn’t go well and often didn’t end well.
But since the start of last season, all that has changed.
From 2008-11, the Orioles went 10-26 at Boston and 9-27 at New York for a combined mark of 19-53. But since opening day 2012, the Orioles are a combined 15-6 at the two parks. So that was a win percentage of just .264 for a four-year period beginning in 2008, but one of .714 over those last 21 games.
Since the start of last year, the Orioles have won all seven series they’ve played at Boston and New York. Can’t do much better than that.
The Orioles went 7-2 last season in Boston and 6-3 at New York, winning all three series in the Bronx for the first time since 1976. The Orioles outscored the Yankees 49-32 at Yankee Stadium in the 2012 regular season and scored five runs or more in six of the nine games.
Here are other notes from the O’s regular season games last year at NY:
* O’s had a team batting average of .304 and an average of 5.44 runs per game.
* They hit 19 doubles and 14 homers there.
* They had a team ERA of 3.46.
* The starters pitched to an ERA of 4.03 in New York with five quality starts and the bullpen ERA there was 2.36.
Matt Wieters hit .364 (12-for-33) at Yankee Stadium with two homers and four RBIs and he hit safely in all nine games there. Manny Machado went 6-for-12 with an RBI in his only series there.
The Orioles led the AL in road wins last season and went an impressive 9-3 in road series in the division last year. So with series wins already in St. Petersburg and Boston, the Orioles are 11-3 in AL East road series since opening day 2012.
That is impressive and will get the job done.
In past seasons, there was almost the expectation and feeling that something would go wrong and the Orioles would lose at Fenway and Yankee Stadium. And often something went wrong late in those games, leading to some crushing defeats.
Times have changed.