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Tuesday Bird Droppings: Where the Orioles didn’t lose yesterday

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The Orioles begin a series against one of the few teams worse than them. Also: the offense is struggling, Dylan Bundy is dominating, and we look back on the worst baserunning play in O’s history.

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Good morning, Camden Chatters.

The Orioles are happy to escape Boston, not only because of the brutal weather that washed out Monday’s scheduled Patriots Day game, but because the O’s lost all three games that were actually played.

The weather isn’t likely to improve much at the Orioles’ next stop, Detroit, where the expected temperature for all three games is under 50 degrees. Will the Orioles’ play improve? If not now, it might never. The Tigers, at 4-9, are one of the four AL teams with a worse record than the Orioles. They’re the first real doormat opponent that the O’s have had this season. After this series, the Birds play against yet another 2017 playoff team —the Indians — so they’d better rack up the wins now while they can get them.

The Orioles have made roster moves in nine of their last 10 days, and they’ll make it 10 out of 11 on Tuesday when they fill the spot vacated by David Hess, who was optioned back to the minors Monday. They might call up more bullpen help, or perhaps find an infielder who can prevent Danny Valencia from having to play third base again.

Links

Blaming cold Orioles offense on frigid temps? It’s an easy excuse (Baltimore Sun)

Eduardo Encina refutes Chris Davis’s claim that cold weather is to blame for the Orioles’ offensive struggles. Encina points out that the O’s didn’t exactly hit in warm Houston, either. I should also note that the Orioles’ opponents had to deal with the same weather conditions and managed to outscore the Orioles in 11 of 16 games so far.

Latest on rotation, concerns about offense and defense (School of Roch)

Right now, the Orioles can't hit and can't field, as Roch Kubatko observes. But otherwise, things are going great.

Dylan Bundy's Fast Start (Camden Depot)

Dylan Bundy has been one of the few bright spots for the Orioles this season. Matt Kremnitzer breaks down how Bundy's hot stretch compares to others in O's history.

Calling the Pen: Childhood to grandparenting, loving the Orioles remains a constant (BaltimoreBaseball.com)

BaltimoreBaseball.com is running weekly essays from guest contributors reminiscing about the impact of the Orioles and baseball on their lives. This week's writer talks about growing up with the glory days Orioles of the '60s and '70s and passing his love of the team to his grandchildren.

Orioles birthdays and history

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! You have two birthday buddies. One is Dave Huppert (61), a catcher who achieved the rare feat of having zero plate appearances for the club. He appeared in two games in 1983 as a defensive replacement. Your other birthday buddy is third baseman Craig Worthington (53), the Orioles’ first-round pick in 1985 who spent four mostly forgettable seasons with the team from 1988-1991.

On this day in 1993, the Orioles suffered the TOOTBLAN to end all TOOTBLANS when they blundered into having three runners on third base at the same time. With the bases loaded, the confusion started when Angels center fielder Chad Curtis trapped a fly ball. The runner at third, Jeff Tackett, headed back to third base, thinking the ball was caught. The trailing runners, Brady Anderson and Chito Martinez, both ran full steam ahead — apparently without keeping track of the other runners — and ended up at third base simultaneously. Catcher John Orton tagged all three runners and two were ruled out, ending the inning.

Former Oriole Rene Gonzales, who was playing for the Angels at the time, told The Washington Post, “That’s the most ridiculous play I’ve ever seen. The last team I was on that I saw something as stupid as that was Harry’s Radiators, an eight- nine-year-old Little League team.”