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Sunday Bird Droppings: Where the Orioles are having a Canadian nightmare

The Orioles are going to try not to get swept in Toronto this afternoon. Isn’t baseball fun? Today’s stuff: Rodriguez signed, O’Day back, and Britton soon to return.

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Hello, friends.

Another day has dawned with the Orioles in last place in the American League East. They are now a whopping 24.5 games behind the first place Yankees and they trail even the fourth place Blue Jays by 9.5 games. They still have the worst record in MLB and every other team has at least two wins more than the Orioles. The good news is that there are only 99 more games of this nightmare remaining.

The Orioles are really engaged in an impressive, if horrifying, ongoing effort to explore every possible way that you can lose a baseball game. On Saturday afternoon, they lost to the Blue Jays after issuing a walkoff walk in extra innings. Check out Ben Hansford’s recap of the 4-3 loss for some not-so-lovely totals.

Through 63 games, the 1988 Orioles were 16-47, three games worse than the 2018 O’s record of 19-44. Those Orioles also lost their 63rd game, dropping a 1-0 contest to the Tigers despite getting seven innings of one run ball from Mike Boddicker. The 1988 Orioles were 19-50 when they won their 19th game, so the 2018 Orioles would have to lose their next six games to fall to that mark.

However, it’s worth remembering that the 1988 O’s started winning some more games later in the season. The current O’s are on pace to win just 49 games - five fewer than the 1988 team - and that’s only if you round up. They will try not to get swept in a 1:07 game today.

Around the blogO’sphere

As interest in Machado rises, so does price (FanRag Sports)
Jon Heyman seems to really want the Phillies to be the team that trades for Manny Machado.

Updating Harvey, Showalter on Scott, and more (Steve Melewski)
It’s going to be six weeks until the Orioles figure out any more about Hunter Harvey. At this point, with the Orioles luck being what it is, I don’t expect him to pitch again this year.

O’Day activated and Scott optioned (School of Roch)
If you missed the news yesterday, Darren O’Day is back. Tanner Scott has been optioned, for now.

Orioles bullpen potentially back to full strength, but for how long? (Baltimore Sun)
I just want to go on the record that I’m suspicious about Zach Britton’s return suddenly being moved up a few days after Brad Brach blew that save on Thursday.

Orioles sign first round pick Grayson Rodriguez (
The Orioles signed their first round pick for $4.3 million. That’s not much savings compared to their slot value, but it’s something.

Birthdays and anniversaries

In 2005, the Orioles beat the Reds, 4-3. This game was unique for being the first time in MLB history that three different 500 home run club players appeared in the same game: Rafael Palmeiro and Sammy Sosa on the Orioles, and Ken Griffey Jr. on the Reds.

In 2010, Jake Arrieta was victorious in his MLB debut, with the O’s beating the Yankees, 4-3.

There are a few former Orioles with birthdays today: 2006 reliever Julio Mañón, 1975-84 outfielder Ken Singleton, 1961 reserve Hank Foiles, and 1957 reliever Ken Lehman. Today is Singleton’s 71st birthday, so an extra happy birthday to the O’s Hall of Famer.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Your birthday buddies for today include: Jacobite pretender James Francis Edward Stuart (1688), self-proclaimed North Pole explorer Frederick Cook (1865), blues singer-songwriter Howlin’ Wolf (1910), novelist Saul Bellow (1915), children’s book writer/illustrator Maurice Sendak (1928), The Pixies founding bassist Kim Deal (1961), and model/actress Kate Upton (1992).

On this day in history...

In 1190, the Holy Roman Emperor, Frederick I Barbarossa, drowned while crossing the river Saleph in modern-day Turkey in the Third Crusade. Despite the German forces mostly turning back after his death, the allied French and English Crusaders went on to capture Cyprus and territory on the Levantine Coast.

In 1786, a dam across the Dadu River in China, created by a landslide after an earthquake ten days prior, broke, leading to the deaths of more than 100,000.

In 1854, the first class of the United States Naval Academy graduated.

In 1963, President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act of 1963 into law. The law was aimed at reducing the disparity of pay between men and women. Exactly one year later, a 75-day filibuster against the Civil Rights Act ended, allowing its final passage.


And that’s the way it is in Birdland on June 10 - or at least, until something happens later when the Orioles are playing the Blue Jays. Have a safe Sunday. Go O’s!