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Thursday Bird Droppings: Where the Orioles are in a bad place

Six games into the season, no team in MLB has a worse record or run differential than the Orioles. Today’s stuff: The Bundy bright spot, some Rule 5 rage, and more.

Baltimore Orioles v Houston Astros Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

Hello, friends.

Another day has dawned with the Orioles in last place in the American League East. They are, in fact, tied with the Rays at 1-5 for the worst record in the entirety of MLB. Just six games into their season, the O’s are four games behind the division-leading Red Sox. Even those with a grim vision of the O’s this season probably weren’t expecting this.

The thing that really stands out about the Orioles is the way they look like they absolutely deserve to have the worst record and the worst run differential in all of MLB. In no facet of the game, except perhaps when Dylan Bundy is pitching, do they look any good at all.

Nothing is working. Barely anyone is hitting and even among those who are struggling, there are some truly uncomfortable situations to ponder after just six games. Chris Davis looks hopelessly lost coming out of the gate this season. Colby Rasmus looks like he has nothing to offer, as if his contract was nothing more than the Orioles lighting $3 million on fire.

It has to go better eventually, if only because no team, not even the worst teams, are so bad that they lose five out of six games. Are the Orioles going to start to make things a little better over a four-game series in New York starting tonight? It seems unlikely. The Yankees were good last year and remain good. They have scored 35 runs in six games, more than double the 14 the Orioles have mustered.

Even if the Orioles manage a split this weekend, they’d finish 3-7 over their first ten games. Things are so bad right now that that outcome would feel like a positive, even though it’s awful. But maybe it’s something where it only seems bad because there aren’t many games to talk about yet. If the Orioles go 3-7 over a stretch of games in June, that’s just a bad stretch of games.

Just now it feels like there will never be daylight again. There probably will, though. Probably.

Around the blogO’sphere

Creator of ‘Other Birds as the Orioles Logo’ talks inspiration and birds (SB Nation)
If you spend too much time on Twitter, you may have seen about this account before now. If you don’t, then you are in for a treat.

The Orioles Rule 5 strategy has already backfired (Camden Depot)
Matt Kremnitzer has seen enough of Nestor Cortes Jr. and has little time for whoever thought it was a good idea to have him on the roster. It’s hard to disagree.

With starting experiment on hold, Castro resumes building important middle-innings bridge (Baltimore Sun)
This one was written before yesterday’s game, obviously. If you think about it, the sudden absence of a bridge is really the best way one can show how important a bridge actually is.

Update on Cobb’s simulated game (School of Roch)
It’s early April and I would really like to stop hearing stories about how a pitcher is good because Mark Trumbo said so after a simulated game. I hope Alex Cobb is good when activated - possibly on April 9.

Dylan Bundy’s continued growth a rare bright spot in Orioles slow start (Baltimore Sun)
It’s been good to see two good starts from Bundy, but we do still need to see what he looks like when he’s regularly getting regular rest rather than an extra day.

Updating our Top 12 Orioles prospects list with Lowther and Sedlock (Baltimore Baseball)
It’s the first edition of the Dean’s Dozen for the regular season.

Jose Berrios throws increasingly rare kind of game (Fangraphs)
Pitchers don’t really throw shutouts any more, so it’s noteworthy that Jose Berrios did so recently against the Orioles - not that this was fun to note as an Orioles fan.

Birthdays and anniversaries

In 1979, Earl Weaver won for the 1,000th time as an MLB manager.

There are a few former Orioles with birthdays today. They are: Baltimore-born catcher Steve Clevenger, 2006 short-timer Winston Abreu, 1958-62 third baseman Ron Hansen, 1955 one-gamer Roger Marquis, and 1956 pitcher Fred Besana.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Your birthday buddies for today include: philosopher Thomas Hobbes (1588), educator Booker T. Washingon (1856), conductor Herbert von Karajan (1908), actor Gregory Peck (1916), illustrator Akira Toriyama (1955), singer-songwriter Pharrell Williams (1973), actress Hayley Atwell (1982), and actress Lily James (1989).

On this day in history...

In 1566, two hundred Dutch noblemen forced themselves into the presence of Margaret of Parma, governor of the Netherlands, to present a Petition of Compromise, which denounced the activities of the Spanish Inquisition. The petition was rejected, an event viewed as a factor in the beginning of the Eighty Years’ War and specifically the Dutch War of Independence.

In 1722, a Dutch explorer, Jacob Roggeveen, discovered Easter Island.

In 1792, President George Washington made use of the power to veto a bill for the first time.

In 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed two executive orders. The first established the Civilian Conservation Corps, while the second forbade the hoarding of gold coin, bullion, and certificates.

In 1951, Ethel and Julius Rosenberg were sentenced to death for spying for the Soviet Union.


And that’s the way it is in Birdland on April 5 - or at least until something happens later when the Orioles play the Yankees, although no one can guarantee that it will be good. Have a safe Thursday, and go Orioles!