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Tuesday Bird Droppings: Where the Orioles lost another series

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The Orioles have played seven series. They’ve lost six of them. Also, their top relievers are struggling, Chris Davis isn’t getting better, and Tim Beckham might be hurt. But Manny Machado is still awesome!

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Good morning, Camden Chatters.

Last Friday, I wrote that the Orioles’ season seemed hopelessly lost. They have played four games since then and things have only gotten worse.

The Orioles have just dropped another series to the Cleveland Indians after losing the final three games of the set. In Monday’s finale, the O’s were held to one or no runs for the seventh time this year. Check out Harrison’s recap for all the details.

When the series began, the Indians were in last place in the AL in batting average, OBP, SLG, and OPS. Now the Orioles hold those dubious honors.

The Orioles are now 1-6 in their seven series this year. They’ve won as many games at Yankee Stadium as they’ve won at all other ballparks combined, including Camden Yards. The Birds are 11 games under .500 and are 12 games out of first place.

I remind you that we’ve just begun the final week of April. There are 139 games left to play, starting with six home games against the non-contending Rays and Tigers. An optimist would tell you that there’s plenty of time for the Orioles to turn things around. A cynic would warn that there’s plenty of time for things to get much, much worse. I think I know which side of the coin I fall on.

Links

Gausman gem wasted in 2-1 loss (Beckham update and quotes) (School of Roch)
The good news: Kevin Gausman pitched a gem. The bad news: Tim Beckham left the game with a sore groin.

Orioles’ rocky start leaves irregular workload, inconsistency for late-inning bullpen arms (Baltimore Sun)
The theory here is that the Orioles’ poor play has caused normally reliable relievers Darren O’Day, Mychal Givens, and Brad Brach to struggle. I would argue that those relievers’ struggles have contributed to the Orioles’ poor play.

Zach Britton of Baltimore Orioles throws off mound -- 'Pretty big' (ESPN)
Zach Britton, rehabbing an Achilles injury, may be ready to reinforce the bullpen by late May. It might be too late to matter.

Chris Davis Is In Trouble (Camden Depot)
You guys, I don't think the Chris Davis contract is going to work out. Matt Perez digs into the numbers and finds very little reason to be optimistic about a Davis turnaround.

Machado, Manaea, Corbin win weekly honors (MLB.com)
The Orioles may be awful, but at least Manny Machado is still great. Thanks to his sizzling hot bat, he was named AL Co-Player of the Week along with a guy who pitched a no-hitter.

Orioles birthdays and history

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! One very recent Oriole shares your birthday: “Beef” Welington Castillo, the club’s primary catcher in 2017. Last year, Castillo went 1-for-4 with a double on his birthday as the Orioles beat the Rays. Castillo is now with the White Sox, hitting .233 with a .754 OPS, two homers, and four RBIs.

On this day in 2005, Sidney Ponson threw a complete game against the Blue Jays while Melvin Mora and Sammy Sosa homered off Roy Halladay. It was a rare victory for the Orioles over the late Halladay, who went 20-4 in his career against them.