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Monday Bird Droppings: Where the Orioles worries are many and familiar

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The Orioles had a bad start to the season, and what’s worse, we’ve seen this story before. Today’s stuff: Gausman’s dropping velocity, Cobb is two weeks out, and the Twins whine a lot.

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Hello, friends.

Another day has dawned with the Orioles in fourth place in the American League East. After their 1-2 record in the opening series against the Twins, the O’s sit 1.5 games behind the division-leading Red Sox, although with the way they’re playing, they will be far out of the picture before very long. Let’s hope it doesn’t continue.

If you were celebrating Easter with family and not paying attention to yesterday’s 7-0 loss, you’re probably better off. Check out my recap for some of the not-so-lovely totals, including the Orioles being only a sleeping scorer’s decision away from getting perfect gamed into the ninth inning. It really wasn’t pretty.

Having lost two of their first three games at home, the Orioles now hit the road for two series that will take them up against the two teams that competed in the ALCS last year. That includes the next series against the defending champion Astros, who will be hoisting their World Series banner even as this series begins.

There is no rest for the weary this month, with the Orioles also facing series against the Red Sox and Indians between now and April 23. We’re going to know a lot about what this team is by then. These first three games suggest that what we find out in that time may not be something that is very much fun for Orioles fans. They are better than they’ve played so far, of course. I hope.

Around the blogO’sphere

One series down, and these Orioles have struggled in the same ways as 2017 (Baltimore Baseball)
It is, of course, a small sample size, but the concerning thing is the way that the Orioles have failed in such a way that basically anyone could have foreseen.

Fastball fails Kevin Gausman in his 2018 debut (Baltimore Sun)
This depressing fact from The Sun’s Jon Meoli: Gausman averaged 92.3mph for his fastball on Sunday afternoon. His lowest average fastball in any game last season was 94.2mph. It’s a real concern.

Kevin Gausman on his outing, Chris Davis on the offense (Steve Melewski)
Davis says that there’s no need to panic. Doesn’t that just make you feel better?

Alex Cobb two weeks away from helping Orioles (Orioles.com)
There was some ultimately pointless drama about whether or not Alex Cobb would be allowed to pitch with major league balls instead of minor league balls while warming up for the season. Stop laughing because I said balls.

Showalter speaks after 7-0 loss (School of Roch)
The phrase that comes to mind is putting lipstick on a pig.

Chance Sisco draws ire of Twins for ninth inning bunt against shift (Baltimore Sun)
In which the Minnesota Twins come across as whiny babies who deserve to be repeatedly embarrassed on the baseball field.

Birthdays and anniversaries

There are three former Orioles with birthdays today. They are: 1996-97 outfielder Pete Incaviglia, the late 1957 swingman Art Ceccarelli, and the late 1959 reserve Bobby Avila.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Your birthday buddies for today include: “Father of Europe” Charlemagne (742), fairy tale writer Hans Christian Andersen (1805), novelist/playwright Emile Zola (1840), Chrysler founder Walter Chrysler (1875), actor Alec Guinness (1914), singer-songwriter Marvin Gaye (1939), singer-songwriter Emmylou Harris (1947) and rapper Yung Joc (1983).

On this day in history...

In 1513, the Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon sighted land in what is today the coast of Florida.

In 1800, Ludwig van Beethoven premiered his First Symphony in Vienna.

In 1917, President Wilson asked the Congress for a declaration of war on Germany, leading to American entry into what we now know as World War I.

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And that’s the way it is in Birdland on April 2 - or at least, until something changes later when the Orioles play the Astros. Have a safe Monday, and go Orioles!