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Saturday Bird Droppings: Where we hope that the Orioles slept fast

The Orioles somehow won a game on Friday that was almost too crazy to be believed. In today’s links: Cobb’s debut pushed back, the O’s get hosed by the umps, and more.

MLB: Baltimore Orioles at New York Yankees Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

Hello, friends.

Another day has dawned with the Orioles in fourth place in the American League East. They are now 3.5 games back of the division-leading Red Sox, and thanks to their pulling off the wild win last night in the Bronx, they no longer have the worst run differential in MLB, either.

Baseball could have very easily been the worst last night. The game was full of blown opportunities and missed chances on the part of the Orioles, full of curious decisions made by Buck Showalter, like having Pedro Araujo facing the Aaron Judge-Giancarlo Stanton duo while Brad Brach was still out in the bullpen. It all worked out in the end.

If you missed the game, holy mackerel, you really missed one of “those” games. Check out Paul Folkemer’s recap of the game, and don’t forget to vote in the Most Birdland Player poll. Democracy needs you if it’s going to work.

If this season does end up going somewhere good - and there’s a long way to go for that to even seem like a possibility - this is absolutely going to be one to look back on and think, yeah, there was our sign of something special starting to happen. But two weeks from now this will only matter if they keep winning games.

After that nearly 5.5-hour marathon last night, the Orioles and Yankees are back in action this afternoon with a 1:05 game. Look forward - or maybe don’t - to Chris Tillman getting another start against this Yankees team. Maybe this is more of a “hold on to your butts” scenario. I hope the Orioles slept fast.

Around the blogO’sphere

Controversy without consequence for Orioles as Showalter argues for double play (Baltimore Sun)
There was a lot of wackiness in last night’s game. One play saw Caleb Joseph record two outs even though the umpires blew the call and only gave him credit for one.

Mychal Givens prevents winning run after wild pitch (
Trust me, it’s even crazier than it sounds.

Cobb’s next start coming in extended spring training (School of Roch)
It’s going to be at least April 14 before we see Alex Cobb pitching in a real game for the O’s. Who’s ready for more Tillman and Mike Wright?

Is Dylan Bundy an ace on extra rest? (Fangraphs)
It doesn’t do much good for the Orioles if the answer to this question is a yes and they don’t have many chances to get him the extra rest.

Buck Showalter is the odds-on favorite to be baseball’s first manager fired in 2018 (Baltimore Sun)
He leads the field at 3-2 odds. I might be down on the Orioles, but I would be surprised if things play out to where Buck gets canned midseason.

Birthdays and anniversaries

One lone former Oriole has a birthday today: Baltimore-born Tom Phoebus, pitcher for the 1966-70 Orioles. It is his 76th birthday today, so an extra happy birthday to him.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Your birthday buddies for today include: Society of Jesus co-founder Francis Xavier (1506), poet William Wordsworth (1770), Kellogg Company founder Will Keith Kellogg (1860), Everglades defender Marjory Stoneman Douglas (1890), Pentagon Papers source Daniel Ellsberg (1931), and martial artist/actor Jackie Chan (1954).

On this day in history...

In 1788, American settlers heading into the Northwest Territory established Marietta in present day Ohio, the first settlement in that Territory.

In 1805, Ludwig van Beethoven premiered his Third Symphony, “Eroica”, in Vienna.

In 1945, the Japanese battleship Yamato, one of the two largest battleships ever constructed, was sunk along with five other ships during Operation Ten-Go, a large-scale suicidal attack intended to disrupt the American invasion of Okinawa. The USS Maryland was damaged by kamikaze aircraft during the attacks, though for Japan, the operation was a complete failure.

In 1949, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific opened on Broadway. It won ten Tony Awards during an initial run of 1,925 performances, nearly five full years worth of shows.


And that’s the way it is in Birdland on April 7 - or at least, until the Orioles play the Yankees this afternoon, although no one can promise that will be good. Have a safe Saturday, and go Orioles.