Could the Orioles have asked for a better start to the 2017 season? They’re 2-0 overall, 2-0 in the AL East, and have swept the Blue Jays out of Baltimore. With the exception of playing a team within the division, the beginning to this season is almost the same as the beginning of last season.
Remember last April when the Orioles welcomed the Minnesota Twins to Baltimore to open the year? Well, opening day brought a walk-off, one-run victory, in the Orioles favor, and two days later, the Orioles had a two-run lead in the top of the ninth, with Zach Britton pitching, and held on to win the ballgame. This, after allowing the tieing run to reach base.
Sound familiar at all?
Buck Showalter and company went on to win their next five games, on their way to starting the season 7-0, which was the longest winning streak to open a season since moving to Baltimore in 1954.
Fast forward one year later, and the Orioles are 2-0, heading into Friday night’s game against a Yankees team that dropped two-of-three to the Tampa Bay Rays. Ubaldo Jimenez will take the mound for the Orioles, while Luis Severino will be pitching for the Yankees. Jimenez is 4-5 lifetime vs. the Yankees, with a 6.05 ERA in 11 starts. He did not pitch against them in 2016.
It’s good to be excited that TECHNICALLY the team is on pace to finish the season with an unparalleled record of 162-0, however it’s also beneficial to your health to not ever believe that to be a reality. Two games are two games whether it be in April, or September, and a sweep, is a sweep. Try not to read into how a season will turn out solely by judging performance over two games, though. I can all but guarantee you you’ll have judged incorrectly.
According to baseballreference.com, if you go back ten years to 2007, 100% of teams have missed the postseason at least twice after beginning a season with two wins. In other words, what that means is that even though it’s fun to post a picture to social media of what the standings look like right now, you simply cannot judge how the season, the month, or even the rest of the week is going to pan out by the first two consecutive victories of the season.
It’s happened to the Orioles plenty of times over the past ten years. Excluding this season for obvious reasons, they’ve started the season 2-0 and missed the postseason in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, and 2015. They also made the postseason after starting 2-0 in 2012, 2014, and 2016.
So, while you’re going back-and-forth with fans of the opposing team on social media, and repeatedly referring to the standings, keep in mind that the standings today mean nothing. Oh, and the standings tomorrow will mean nothing as well. It will be the sustained winning, and overall team success throughout the year that will justify your reasoning in referring to the standings.
Try to wait at least until a few weeks pass, though. It only supports your argument.