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Buck's team stops here

The Orioles are 40-26 since Buck Showalter took

The Orioles are 40-26 since Buck Showalter took over as manager last Aug. 3. (Credit: AP)

April is not the cruelest month for the Orioles. That honor would go to most Mays, Junes, Julys, Augusts, Septembers and Octobers (and many offseasons for that matter).

Sure, Buck Showalter has his team playing well right now, finishing April with a 14-9 record. But recent history has shown that what the Orioles have done during the season's first month is less a harbinger of what's to come and more of a highpoint for the team:

2000 - April: 14-10, Season: 74-88

2001 - April: 12-14, Season: 63-98

2002 - April: 12-14, Season: 67-95

2003 - April: 13-12, Season: 71-91

2004 - April: 12-9, Season: 78-84

2005 - April: 16-7, Season: 74-88

2006 - April: 13-13, Season: 70-92

2007 - April: 12-14, Season: 69=93

2008 - April: 16-12, Season: 68-93

2009 - April: 9-13, Season: 64-98

2010 - April: 5-18, Season: 66-96

2011 - April: 12-13, Season: 69-93

Despite posting seven winning records at the end of April and one .500 record since 2000, the Orioles have finished well below .500 for the season in each of those 12 years. Their April record was their best month of the season in 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2008.

So enjoy Robert Andino's .311 batting average while it lasts.

Tags: The Baltimore Orioles , Buck Showalter

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