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Friday Bird Droppings: Where the Orioles STILL don’t have a rotation

There are 90 days until Opening Day and the Orioles have two starters. They’re also still getting called about Manny Machado! Time to figure this stuff out, maybe?

Baltimore Orioles v Pittsburgh Pirates Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images

Hello, friends.

There are now 90 days remaining until Orioles Opening Day 2018. In conjunction with the number 90, I’d like to hit you with a little thought experiment: Do the Orioles go over or under 90 losses next year?

You have to be a pretty bad baseball team to lose more than 90 games in one season. I mean, as we know, the Orioles had the absolute worst starting rotation this past season and they still only lost 87 games - and they were on pace to have a much better season than that until the month of September began.

If the trade drama isn’t settled, the Orioles could still head down that direction, of course. It’s hard imagining a competitive 2018 Orioles even with Manny Machado, but there’s probably even less hope of competing or even being mediocre without him. If we’re going by one of our links, the matter is still up in the air.

You know what else is up in the air? The Orioles starting rotation next year! On the bright side, we don’t have any crazy suggestions of using a reliever as a starter in today’s links.

Around the blogO’sphere

Thoughts on Liranzo, Ramirez, and Ynoa (School of Roch)
A year ago, we weren’t supposed to sleep on Jesus Liranzo, but then he walked everyone. Now, we shouldn’t sleep on Yefry Ramirez.

Will slow-moving free agent market impact the Orioles? (Steve Melewski)
Melewski muses whether the number of available players will end up driving prices down eventually. Maybe, but if the Orioles are counting on that, we’ve got problems.

What are the Orioles doing? (Camden Depot)
The Depot’s Matt Kremnitzer has no idea what the Orioles are doing. I’m not sure that the Orioles have any idea what they’re doing, either.

East Notes: Machado, Adonis Garcia, Marlins, Braves (MLB Trade Rumors)
Jon Morosi says that teams are still calling the Orioles about Manny Machado. Does that mean anything? I have no idea!

Best of BP 2017: A Baseball Mystery (Baseball Prospectus)
The Red Sox accidentally cheated while being blown out by the Orioles in August. At BP, Meg Rowley tries to figure out why nobody stopped it from happening.

Birthdays and anniversaries

There are a few former Orioles with birthdays today. They are: 2007 three-gamer Jaret Wright, 2006 short-timer Jim Brower, 1978-81 reliever Dave Ford, and 1977 eleven-gamer Ken Rudolph.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Your birthday buddies for today include: waterproof fabric inventor Charles Macintosh (1766), vulcanized rubber developer Charles Goodyear (1800), President Andrew Johnson (1808), author William Gaddis (1922), actress Mary Tyler Moore (1936), actor Ted Danson (1947), and actress Alison Brie (1982).

On this day in history...

In 1170, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Becket, was assassinated inside the Canterbury Cathedral by followers of King Henry II. Both the Anglican church and the Catholic church subsequently canonized Becket.

In 1845, the United States annexed the Republic of Texas, making Texas the 28th state of the Union.

In 1860, HMS Warrior launched from London. This ironclad’s combination of an iron hull, iron armor, and screw propeller rendered all other warships of the world obsolete. Warrior itself became obsolete with the development of mastless warships in 1871.

In 1890, soldiers of the 7th Cavalry Regiment massacred 300 Lakota at Wounded Knee.

In 1916, James Joyce’s first novel A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, was first published.

In 2006, the United Kingdom paid off the last of the Anglo-American Loan, sixty years after the loan was extended to help the UK recover from World War II.

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And that’s the way it is in Birdland on December 29 - or at least, unless something happens later. Have a safe Friday!