In light of the Red Sox’s dominance of the Orioles this decade (Sunday night’s loss to Baltimore aside) and the fact that the Yankees embark on the first of 18 against their fellow AL East rival and Boston’s favorite punching bag tonight, I wanted to see how the Yankees had fared against the O’s in the unbalanced schedule era. I figured they’d done well, although I assumed it wasn’t quite Boston-level ownage.
Well, for all my griping about the O’s being an automatic win for the Red Sox, it turns out the Yankees have actually performed even better than Boston against Baltimore this decade, going 109-57 since 2001, compared to Boston’s 107-59.
That’s right, the Orioles have played .343 ball against the Yankees during the last nine seasons. The closest the O’s came to taking the season series was in 2007, when they managed to split their 18 contests. Other than that it’s been double-digit wins for the Yanks in every season. That’s pretty ridiculous.