Good morning, Camden Chatters.
Show of hands: how many of you have already become numb to the Orioles this season? It’s hard to believe it’s been only 19 games and the season feels hopelessly lost. But it’s hard to be optimistic about anything when the Orioles have shown little to no ability to hit, pitch, or field thus far.
It’s also hard to be optimistic when the Orioles just got swept by the Tigers, one of the worst teams in the majors. What’s depressing is that the Tigers weren’t even trying to win this year — they were fully resigned to a rebuilding season. Yet the Orioles, a team that fancied itself a contender, couldn’t manage to take even one game of the series. They finished 0-6 on their road trip through Boston and Detroit. Their only good day was when they were rained out.
The Birds have lost five of their six series this year, getting swept in three of them. They can’t beat good teams. They can’t beat bad teams. And now they’re about to face one of the best clubs of the last two seasons, the Indians, in a four-game series in Baltimore. To quote Hamilton’s King George, “Good luck!”
Showalter, Cobb, Machado and Jones after the O's fall to 5-14 (Steve Melewski)
Manny Machado and Adam Jones both insist that the Orioles are not panicking. Good to know. But "not panicking" and "winning games" are two very different things.
Firing someone may send a message, but it won't make these 2018 Orioles any better (BaltimoreBaseball.com)
Dan Connolly speculates that hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh and/or pitching coach Roger McDowell could be on the hot seat after the Orioles' abysmal start, but cautions that canning either one won't fix what ails this moribund team.
Trade Manny Now? Historically, Not Happening. (Camden Depot)
For all those clamoring for the Orioles to start their rebuild and trade Manny Machado immediately, Jon Shepherd points out that no good players ever get traded in April. So hold your horses, friends.
Orioles introduce theme nights for 2018 (Orioles.com)
The Orioles' play on the field isn't exactly attracting fans, so maybe these theme nights at Camden Yards will...as long as they're better executed than last year's half-hearted Game of Thrones Night. I will not, under any circumstances, be attending the Bark at the Park event.
Orioles birthdays and history
Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! I regret to inform you that no Orioles player was ever born on April 20. Maybe, if you have the talent and put in the work, you’ll become the first! I’m pulling for you.
On this day in 1988, the Orioles lost their 14th consecutive game to start the season, setting a new major league record. And then they lost another seven after that!
Boy, April 20 is a pretty lame day in O’s history. But in each of the last two seasons, the Orioles have won a 10-inning game on this date. So that’s...something?