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The Orioles season is nearly over, so try to enjoy it while it lasts. In today’s links, praise for Chance Sisco, jokes about the starting rotation, and Mark Trumbo swings at a bad pitch.

Tampa Bay Rays v Baltimore Orioles Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images

Hello, friends.

The Orioles head into the final five games of the season merely one game ahead of the Blue Jays for last place in the American League East. They are now days removed from sealing their playoff fate and a losing season, but there's always staying slightly ahead of the Blue Jays. It's better than nothing, at this point.

Will the Orioles actually be able to do that? They haven't been good enough to achieve any of their other goals, or our goals for them, this season, so maybe not. Dylan Bundy probably won't pitch again. Zach Britton isn't going to pitch again. They may play rookies or they may not. And every remaining game is on the road, where the O's have been bad all year.

It's not much fun to watch the other teams celebrating their playoff berths while the Orioles are in the muck. I imagine it's not much fun for the players to see everyone getting to enjoy what they don't, either. Hopefully that is some motivation that can be carried over into next year for the guys who will be returning.

Just in case you're wondering, the Orioles are currently set to receive the 13th pick in the draft next season. Depending on how the last five games go, they could end up as high as ninth and as low as the 18th pick.

Even losing all five remaining games might not get them to the top ten, so I would rather just see them win 80 games than 75 games. 80 games is almost 81, you know? Although as my high school Chemistry teacher would always remind us when someone asked for partial credit for almost getting an answer correct, almost only counts in horseshoes, hand grenades, and nuclear missiles.

Around the blogO'sphere

Thoughts and notes on Beckham, Tillman, rotation and Sisco - School of Roch
Local Orioles beat writers have spent the weekend mocking a national writer who reported that the O’s would look for two starting pitchers this offseason. Here, an Orioles official jokes that the O’s will look for four. Funny!

Orioles fans ask about club's offseason plans | MLB.com
There hasn’t been much to be happy about with the 2017 O’s season. In this edition of Brittany Ghiroli’s mailbag, the future doesn’t seem so bright, either.

Rookie Chance Sisco making impression at and behind plate after first Orioles start (Baltimore Sun)
Do you think we see him on the Opening Day roster next season? I can’t make up my mind.

For how long can hitters keep pace? (Fangraphs)
Mark Trumbo looking horrible by swinging at an awful pitch prompted Travis Sawchik to wonder about when there might be a point where pitchers who throw hard are permanently ahead of hitters.

Birthdays and anniversaries

In 1971, Jim Palmer became the fourth member of the Orioles rotation to log a 20 win season by posting a shutout against the Indians. Only one other team has ever achieved this feat.

In 1978, Mike Flanagan lost a no-hitter with two outs in the ninth inning against the Indians. “Full Pack” Don Stanhouse saved a 3-1 win.

There are two former Orioles with birthdays today. They are: 1988 reliever Doug Sisk and 1975-76 catcher Dave Duncan.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Your birthday buddies for today include: Gardener John “Johnny Appleseed” Chapman (1774), Walters Art Gallery founder Henry Walters (1848), physiologist Ivan Pavlov (1849), poet T.S. Eliot (1888), NASCAR founder Bill France Sr. (1909), actress Olivia Newton-John (1948), Magnificent Seven gymnast Jaycie Phelps (1979), and YouTube personality Lilly Singh (1988).

On this day in history...

In 1687, the famed Parthenon in Athens was partially destroyed when a Venetian force attacked the Ottoman Turks that were then stationed in Athens.

In 1905, Albert Einstein published the first paper on his special theory of relativity.

In 1918, the Allied armies began the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, which is the bloodiest single battle in American military history, in addition to the largest single battle in manpower, with 1.2 million soldiers involved.

In 1960, the first ever televised presidential debate took place in Chicago between Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy.

In 1969, the final recorded album by the Beatles, Abbey Road, was released.

In 1983, a Soviet computer reported an incoming nuclear missile. The officer on duty, Stanislav Petrov, recognized the false alarm and did not trigger a retaliatory strike. Mr. Petrov passed away earlier this year.

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And that’s the way it is in Birdland on September 26 - or at least, until something happens later, which it will when the Orioles play the Pirates, although as has been the case for much of the month, no one can guarantee that what happens will be any good. Have a safe Tuesday. Go Orioles!