If you didn’t see tonight’s baseball game between the Royals and the Orioles, trust me, you are better off. The Orioles gave up 10 runs in the first inning to a team that is also really bad, and there weren’t enough innings in the game for them to make it close. They had their chances, getting 14 hits and four walks, but shockingly it is very difficult to make up for a 10-run deficit.
When it was all said and done, the Royals had 15 runs and the Orioles had lost their seventh game in a row in a thoroughly embarrassing fashion.
I have reached a point this season where I am pretty much numb to the horribleness of the team. But that being said, there are still some things that make me feel something. And Dylan Bundy giving up seven runs without getting an out is one of them.
Even in this season that is so much more awful than anything we could have imagined going in, Bundy has been a bright spot. If/when the Orioles start their rebuild, the decision will have to be made whether Bundy would be better off as trade bait or as a building block. Right now he is looking like neither, and that is maybe the worst thing that could happen in this lost season.
After starting the season with five absolutely great starts, Bundy has now turned in two clunkers and one disaster. There is the instinct that you don’t want to overreact and three starts in and of themselves don’t necessarily mean anything long term. But we saw Bundy last year start off fantastic and look bad as time went on, so...I’m worried.
I also feel bad for Bundy and the rest of these guys on a personal level. They have to be miserable.
Through seven innings innings the Orioles scored just one run on a solo homer by Chris Davis. They tacked on two more in the eighth on FUHRs by Danny Valencia and Caleb Joseph, and it looked like that would be it until the Royals gave the ball to their worst pitcher for the ninth.
Blaine Boyer started the game with a 13.50 ERA and after giving up four runs in the ninth, ended it with an ERA of 15.32. A ground ball single by Jonathan Schoop knocked in two of the four runs, and even though it was way too little, too late, it was nice to see Schoop back on the field.
For those of you who missed the fireworks, I have helpfully put together some graphics for you to help you understand.
Innings 3-9, a classic courtesy of Mark Brown:
If you have the stomach for it, you can tune in tomorrow night to see if your favorite team’s luck can change. I forgive you if you don’t think it can.