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Friday Bird Droppings: Where even Dylan Bundy can’t save us

The Orioles’ freefall continues, as even their best pitcher got torched Thursday. Elsewhere, Tim Beckham undergoes surgery and Dan Duquette discusses tanking.

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Good morning, Camden Chatters.

Well, the Orioles have done it. With their 6-19 record, they’re off to the worst 25-game start in franchise history besides the legendarily bad 1988 club. Even the 2010 Orioles, the worst O’s team I can remember, had a better record than the current group at this point in the season.

The Orioles are finding new ways to lose every night. On Thursday, Dylan Bundy, who’d been spectacular through his first five starts, was infected by the virus of ineptitude that has plagued almost everyone else on the roster. He was torched for eight runs. And the O’s offense finally racked up some hits — 16 of them — but squandered countless rallies with soul-crushing double plays. Joe’s recap has the full details.

Such is life for the 2018 Orioles. But don’t worry, I’m sure they’ll turn things around tonight behind...(checking pitching matchups)...Chris Tillman?? Oh, come on!


Beckham undergoes surgery (and other notes) (School of Roch)
Tim Beckham decided to have core muscle surgery that will sideline him for six to seven weeks. The Orioles are probably going to need a better backup plan at third base than Danny Valencia.

Better late than never, can the Orioles get serious about tanking? (ESPN)
Dan Duquette says in this interview, "I like to be a buyer." Later, though, he does at least entertain the idea of the Orioles going into sell mode, but implies it wouldn't happen until late May at the earliest.

Has The Orioles' Rule 5 Draft Fixation Helped? (Camden Depot)
Ooh, ooh, I know the answer! "No."

Former Orioles RHP Jeremy Guthrie Talks Buck Showalter, Adam Jones (PressBoxOnline)
Jeremy Guthrie, always a thoughtful interview, has kind words to say about his former teammate Adam Jones and manager Buck Showalter. I wish Guthrie had gotten to play for a winning Orioles team.

Orioles birthdays and history

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! No player born on April 27 has ever played in the majors with the Orioles. The closest you’re going to get is speedster Joey Gathright, who had two stints in the Orioles’ minor league system in 2009 and 2010 but never made it out of Norfolk.

On this day in 1968, Orioles righty — and Baltimore native — Tom Phoebus twirled a no-hitter against the Red Sox, one of three individual no-hitters in O’s history. He racked up nine strikeouts on his way to a 6-0 victory.

In 1988, the Orioles lost their 20th consecutive game to start the season, blowing a 3-0 first-inning lead in a 7-6 defeat to the Twins. I feel obligated to talk about the 1988 Orioles now that the present-day team is challenging their record-setting futility.

In 2015, the Orioles canceled their scheduled game against the White Sox because of violent protests in Baltimore after Freddie Gray’s death in police custody.