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Wednesday’s Bird Droppings: Where the Orioles offense is asleep

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All of the sudden, the starting pitcher is perfect but the bats can’t buy a run.

MLB: Toronto Blue Jays at Baltimore Orioles Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Baseball is kind of dumb sometimes.

Any good feelings you may have had about the Orioles coming out of the series against the Yankees are now well and truly gone. A return to Baltimore has coincided with a suddenly fantastic starting staff and a frustratingly impotent offense.

Andrew Cashner delivered his second consecutive impressive start (7 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 3 BB, 6 SO) on Tuesday. Meanwhile, the O’s lineup was busy being no-hit by Blue Jays starter Aaron Sanchez into the eighth inning. The bats were able to rally in that frame to draw things level at a run apiece but the middle of the order was unable to bring in the go-ahead run from third base with no outs. Stacey’s recap of the game will have all the dreary details for you.

Elsewhere in Birdland, the Nestor Cortes Jr. experiment is over and now we get to see the O’s number 19 prospect, Yefrey Ramirez. That feels like an upgrade even though I have never even seen Ramirez throw a pitch.

The team could also go for an upgrade to their lineup, but that’s not coming anytime soon (Mark Trumbo doesn’t count). Something needs to change, however, because the offense isn’t getting nearly enough power to go with all of the strikeouts they are racking up.

On the bright side, the O’s minor league squads are playing pretty well, especially the Low-A Shorebirds, who can’t stop winning. If you want good baseball, you may have to head to Salisbury for the time being.

Links

Orioles' Colby Rasmus: Undergoes MRI on hip (CBSSports.com)
The information within the link itself is pretty useless, but it seemed important to note that the O's training staff is still monitoring Rasmus' injury. I'm no doctor, but I think Colby should talk ALL the time he needs in rehab. No need to rush it.

Davis' frustration; Cortes' struggles; Bundy's night; record-low crowd (BaltimoreBaseball)
Dan Connolly kind of hits on everything that fans are talking about right now. He also peppers in some quotes from Showalter and Dylan Bundy as well as a plug for his radio show.

Cortes and Ramirez present latest O's roster move (O's lose 2-1) (MASNsports.com)
You know about everything mentioned in the headline, but MASN's Roch Kubatko supplies some quotes from manager Buck Showalter on the moves. It's always interesting to hear from the boss.

Trey Mancini at leadoff spot 'a good fit so far in a time of need' (Baltimore Sun)
Is Trey Mancini the "ideal leadoff hitter"? No, probably not. But this team doesn't have that guy anywhere on the roster. To be fair, Mancini is holding his own in the top spot and may prove to be a revelation. Although anyone would have been better than whatever it was that Chris Davis was doing during the first week of the season.

The Orioles can blame the weather for record-low attendance (The Washington Post)
It was a combination of factors (time of year, weather, opponent, etc.) but such a miniscule attendance number is still pretty darn disheartening.

Orioles birthdays and history

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! You share this day with a decent batch of short-term Orioles. Art Quirk (b. 1938, d. 2014) pitched in seven games for the 1962 O’s. Catcher Willie Royster (b. 1954, d. 2015) had four at-bats for the 1981 Birds. Steve Scarsone (b. 1966) slashed .176/.222/.176 over 11 games back in 1992. Alejandro De Aza (b. 1984) appeared in 50 games for the club between 2014 and 2015.

Two bits of interesting O’s-related history. Back in 1961, the Los Angeles Angels franchise played their first game ever. Unfortunately, they beat Baltimore 7-2 that day.

On a positive note, in 2002, the Orioles stomped the then-Devil Rays 15-6. The noteworthy aspect of that was the team scored 12 runs on 11 hits in the sixth inning; both are franchise records. Geronimo Gil and Mike Bordick led off the frame with back-to-back home runs.