Look, it’s early. There is still a lot of time for the 2018 Orioles to rebound and perform like the playoff contender they imagined themselves to be in the offseason. But it’s been tough to watch this team on a daily basis. This is what it was like during the dark ages of Baltimore baseball in the early 2000s (shudder). It’s as if losing is a foregone conclusion.
The bad times kept coming last night as the O’s dropped the series opener to the Tigers 4-2. New Camden Chat writer Ben Hansford has your recap of the “action”. The O’s have now lost four games in a row. A common thread in each of those losses has been the Birds inability to score more than three runs in a game. While the pitching has not always been spectacular, and there is plenty of blame to go around, this current streak of futility is largely the fault of the hitters.
If you want some positive news, CC has added a batch of fresh writing talent for the 2018 season. You’ve met Ben in the recap, but we have also brought on Alex Church, Harrison Jozwiak, Kyle Andrews and Samara. Welcome to the team, newbies!
Tillman pushed back in rotation, it’s ‘time for him to take a step forward’ - Baltimore Sun
One positive of the rainout on Monday is that it allows Buck Showalter to skip the struggling Chris Tillman. There’s nowhere for him to go but up, right? Right?
Wednesday’s O’s-Tigers game moved to 1 ET - MLB.com
There is a high chance of rain later today in Detroit. The Tigers have already had six games postponed this season, so they were understandably eager to avoid yet another. Unfortunately, that means most of us will have to follow the game during the work/school day.
Buck Showalter and Adam Jones on the loss at Detroit - MASNsports.com
Quotes from the manager, the Cap10 and Andrew Cashner. Adam Jones discusses the team’s struggles with situational hitting. Cashner has apparently been working with Alex Cobb on his breaking ball. He’s certainly been better than I expected him to be.
Tim Beckham not concerned about slow start at the plate - Baltimore Sun
Yeah, Beckham has been bad, but so has the rest of the offense. It’s not like they have better options. I mean, what are they gonna do? Play Danny Valencia at third base? That would be crazy.
What’s surprised you the most about the Orioles so far? - Baltimore Baseball
The defense hasn’t been so hot, but Cashner has been pretty darn good. I’d say that’s fair. I’ve been surprised by Mychal Givens’ struggles and the just how awful the offense has been. Cashner’s success has been a pleasant surprise and I wasn’t prepared for how great Dylan Bundy has look this far.
Orioles birthdays and history
Is it your birthday? Happy Birthday! Unfortunately, it’s kind of a lame day for Orioles birthdays. Rich Bordi, who appeared in 52 games for the 1986 Birds and pitched to a 4.46 ERA and 93 ERA+ across 107 innings turns 59 years old. Pete Stanicek is 54 today. He slashed .243/.319/.307 as a left fielder and second baseman during the 1987 and ‘88 seasons.
However, there were some interesting celebrities born on this day. Comedians Jeff Dunham and Conan O’Brien turn 56 and 55 years old, respectively. Actor Eli “Bear Jew” Roth is 46. Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Melissa Joan Hart turns 42. Professional famous person Kourtney Kardashian has her 39th birthday. And someone you actually care about, Miguel Cabrera, is 35.
1899 - Future Hall of Fame manager John McGraw makes his debut in the dugout at the helm of the Baltimore Orioles of the National League. The O’s beat the New York Giants 5-3.
1923 - The original Yankee Stadium opens
1930 - BBC reported “there is no news”
2013 - A Matt Wieters walk-off grand slam lifts the Birds 10-6 over the Tampa Bay Rays. The win is the team’s 17th consecutive extra innings victory dating back to the previous season.