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GameThread: O's (67-83) @ Blue Jays (81-71)

Today's Starting Pitchers GS IP ERA WHIP BAA HR BB K W-L
Garrett Olson - LH 24 121.0 6.84 1.77 .315 16 56 78 9-8
Jesse Litsch - RH 25 (26) 156.0 3.75 1.28 .271 19 33 80 11-8

A couple of days ago, the O's clinched their 11th straight losing season. Only the Pirates, at 16 and running, have a longer streak currently. People have been born and matured into obnoxious teenagers thinking about where they're going to go to college in the time since the Pirates last went over .500. The Royals are saved from this discussion due to that year they went 83-79, when Tony Pena was the savior of the universe in 2003. Early in 2005, after a 58-104 season in 2004, Pena was relieved of his post.

This current streak of Oriole futility has seen countless fringe players, washed-up bums, and flameout prospects come and go. Ray Miller, Mike Hargrove, Lee Mazzilli, Sam Perlozzo and now Dave Trembley have headed up these teams. One year, the team leader in OPS was Jay Gibbons. He sandwiched a couple of years where an aged Jeff Conine paced the squad. ERA leaders have been Mussina for three years before he got the hell out of here, then a back-and-forth for four years between Jason Johnson and Rodrigo Lopez, followed by Bruce Chen, Erik Bedard (two years), and now Jeremy Guthrie.

We've harbored many a busted or suspected performance-enhancing drug user. We've signed big free agents only to squander their services. A number of old chaps have run the front office, though it looks like we've finally found one who knows what he's doing in Andy MacPhail, disturbing last name or not.

Cal Ripken met the end of his line. Mussina skipped town to New York. Brady Anderson became depressingly washed-up, and very quickly. Palmeiro left in his prime, and came back as an old man, wagging his finger at Congress, then embarrassing himself to a massive degree. We traded for a totally washed-up Sammy Sosa. We gave Corey Patterson a chance. The Albert Belle contract happened. Miguel Tejada happened. Javy Lopez happened. Sidney Ponson happened, got traded, and happened again, this time to disastrous results. Leo Mazzone was brought in to replace Ray Miller and fix the pitching staff, then dumped on his keister, meister, when he couldn't shine the turds sufficiently. Now, Rick Kranitz gets rave reviews while producing similarly awful results (the 2008 O's have the second-worst pitching staff in the American League).

And we're still here. Let's go, O's.


Baltimore Orioles @ Toronto Blue Jays

09/18/08 7:07 PM EDT

Baltimore Orioles Toronto Blue Jays
Brian Roberts - 2B Marco Scutaro - SS
Alex Cintron - SS Jose Bautista - 2B
Nick Markakis - RF Alex Rios - RF
Aubrey Huff - 3B Vernon Wells - CF
Kevin Millar - 1B Adam Lind - DH
Luke Scott - LF Scott Rolen - 3B
Oscar Salazar - DH Lyle Overbay - 1B
Jay Payton - CF Curtis Thigpen - C
Omir Santos - C Travis Snider - LF