One thing is for sure for the Orioles, if they want to become a winning franchise then they have to win in arguably the toughest division in all of baseball.

This season they have to get an early jump, or fear falling behind their opponents quickly.

If you take a look at the 2010 schedule:

  • Baltimore begins the season with 3 games on the road against Tampa Bay, then hosts Toronto for three, then Tampa for three more.
  • On April 23rd, Baltimore travels to Boston for a three game series, then hosts the Yankees for three, Boston for three, then they travel back to New York for three more.
  • In summary, they open the season with six straight AL East games, 21 of their first 28 games are against AL East opponents.

In 2009 the Orioles began their season with a hefty serving of AL East goodness as well.

  • They took 2 out of 3 from both New York and Tampa Bay at home.
  • They dropped four straight in Boston.
  • Then were swept in three games at Toronto and took one of two in Tampa Bay.
  • Baltimore went 5-10 in their 15 AL East road games of their first 27 games of the season.

I guess it doesn’t matter when they play New York and Boston, either way the O’s are gonna have to do better than they did last season. Baltimore only won 2 of their 18 games against the Red Sox and went 5-13 against the Yankees after winning their first series against the evil empire.

Do you think the Orioles will maintain their opponents and get off to a good early start?