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Saturday Bird Droppings: Where the Orioles could be eliminated today

The Orioles have sealed a non-winning season and they may get eliminated today. In today’s links, Britton gets his injection, Mancini gives some advice, and Beckham doesn’t look back.

Tampa Bay Rays v Baltimore Orioles Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images

Hello, friends.

The Orioles pathetic performance in September has brought us all to the point where we never wanted to be. They could both seal a losing season and their elimination from the playoffs tonight against the Rays.

An Orioles loss seals the losing season. A loss combined with a Twins win would mathematically eliminate the O’s with six games still to play. That’s a failed season right there. No point in pretending anything differently than that.

The horror show isn’t over yet. Jeremy Hellickson is pitching again tonight, because that’s what we all deserve, apparently. I don’t feel like I have done anything to deserve Hellickson, but I’m getting him all the same. If you are willing to subject yourself to his pitching at Camden Yards tonight, you’ll get an O’s hoodie for your trouble. It does look like a nice hoodie.

Perhaps now that the non-winning season is locked in, we’ll get to see a little more of Chance Sisco or Anthony Santander. We’ve been seeing a good bit of Austin Hays already. I’ll be happy to see a little more.

That’s how it was in the bad years, of course. By the end of the year, nothing to root for except maybe something nice from a young guy who could be part of next year’s team. Here we are again. Hopefully there won’t be 13 more seasons like this to come afterwards.

Around the blogO’sphere

Zach Britton has stem-cell injection in knee |
All there is to do now is hope that this will allow Britton to return to something closer to his 2016 form next year.

Orioles pass starting torch to rookie Austin Hays in effort to see if he can keep it in 2018 (Baltimore Sun)
It is, of course, a small sample size so far, but you’ve got to like what he’s done so far.

Mancini talks Hays and Sisco, Ynoa impresses and prospect rankings - Steve Melewski
I like Trey Mancini giving advice to this year’s September call-up rookies. Mancini says he’s giving the same advice that Caleb Joseph gave him: Do what got you here.

Former Ray Tim Beckham's over being traded, or is he? | Tampa Bay Times
One gets the impression that Beckham had enough of Tampa media by the time he was traded to the Orioles - and perhaps they had enough of him, too.

Gabriel Ynoa tries to convince Orioles he’s for real with strong start (Press Box)
I’d rather see more of him this season than a lot of the rest of these jabroni starting pitchers.

Awful starting pitching doomed the Orioles in 2017, and there’s no obvious fix (Washington Post)
Post writer Dave Sheinin comments on the rarity of the Orioles having such an injury-free starting rotation this season - and then, despite that good health, it being so bad.

Birthdays and anniversaries

There are three former Orioles with birthdays today. They are: 1998 late-season pickup Willie Greene, 1988-90 rotation member Pete Harnisch, and 1967/69-70 swingman Marcelino Lopez.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Your birthday buddies for today include: founding Roman emperor Augustus (65 BC), Mongolian emperor Kublai Khan (1215 AD), author Baroness Emma Orczy (1865), actor Mickey Rooney (1920), jazz man John Coltrane (1926), rock legend Bruce Springsteen (1949), and folk rocker Ani DiFranco (1970).

On this day in history...

In 1338, Britain and France fought the first naval battle of the Hundred Years’ War, the Battle of Arnemuiden. This battle is also noteworthy because it was the first naval battle with artillery: One British ship had three cannons. The French won the battle, though.

In 1641, a ship called the Merchant Royal, carrying what was then 100,000 pounds worth of gold and would now be over a billion pounds worth, was lost at sea off of Land’s End near Cornwall.

In 1846, four astronomers collaborated on the discovery of Neptune.

In 1905, the Karlstad treaty marked the peaceful dissolution of the union between Norway and Sweden.

In 1980, in Pittsburgh, Bob Marley played what turned out to be his last concert.


And that’s the way it is in Birdland on September 23 - or at least, until something happens later, which it will when the Orioles play the Rays. Though, as with most of this month, nobody says that what happens will be good. Have a safe Saturday. Go Orioles!