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Comparing the 2014 Orioles Lineup to the 2012 Playoff Team
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The Baltimore Orioles' 2012 season was magical by all means for a team that had suffered through 14 consecutive losing seasons to persevere by not only achieving the first winning season since 1997, but reaching the playoffs for the first time in that same time span as well.

The Orioles led all of baseball that year in winning percentage in one-run games with a 29-9 record, which was a statistical anomaly that baffled a large majority of the baseball media.

Although they lost in a dramatic five-game ALDS to the New York Yankees, the Orioles' accomplishments in winning the wild-card play-in game against the Texas Rangers, and the fact that they were among the AL's best, inspired hope in their fanbase.

Fast-forward one-and-a-half years later and the Orioles have begun the 2014 season with a lineup that has had little turnover from the 2012 playoff lineup, which is a testament to the front office's stance that they should covet their own players over personnel from outside the organization.

Let's take a position-by-position look at who is holding down each position in the 2014 lineup, who held the position during the 2012 playoffs and if the team has gotten better, worse or stayed about the same in those spots based on offensive statistics.

 

All statistics courtesy of ESPN.com and Baseball-Reference.com.

 

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