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Monday Bird Droppings: Where this is the darkest timeline

The clubhouse is sick, Zach is almost back, and Trey Mancini is thoughtful.

Baltimore Orioles v Toronto Blue Jays Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images

It’s Monday, Camden Chatters, and you were all probably better off if you spent your weekend ignoring the baseball team this site is dedicated to.

The Orioles were just swept in four games by the fourth place Toronto Blue Jays, and they lost in pretty much every way possible. On Thursday they took a comfortable lead into the ninth inning and then blew it. Friday they had one of those standard losses that you expect to see even from good teams. Saturday they fought back to tie late in the game and then lost in extra innings on a walk off walk.

Yesterday they were just straight up pummeled, losing by 10 runs. You can read all about that one in Tyler Young’s recap, if you have the stomach for it.

And now they get to face the Red Sox!

It’s hard to know what to say about this team anymore. Presumably at some point they’ll start trading away players, and I look forward to that. At least it will give us something to focus on, some idea about the future.

The team right now is just so unfathomably bad. We are approaching mid-June and they are on pace to win just 48 games. They are definitely the best at being the worst, it seems.

If you’ve been keeping an eye on Chris Davis’s strikeout totals, he picked up two more yesterday after being given both Friday and Saturday off. His career total is now 1587, nine behind Mark McGwire for for 44th most all time. His Orioles total is 1285, just 20 shy of the franchise record held by Cal Ripken.


Showalter pregame on Davis, the offense and more (game update) - Steve Melewski
Buck says there is a sickness going around the whole club. I'll say.

As losses pile up, Orioles still haven't done much to shift focus to future - Baltimore Sun
Have they done anything?

Orioles' Zach Britton: Likely back from DL on Monday -
It's a lost season but it'll still be nice to get Zach back.

Mike Yastrzemski and the Orioles' Future - Camden Depot
Remember Mike Yastrzsemski? This guy does.

Sunday Notes: Sean Newcomb Has Sneaky Hop | FanGraphs Baseball
There is a nice bit on Trey Mancini in David Laurila's Sunday notes. I like that Laurila refers to Mancini as a "thoughtful slugger."

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! You have zero Orioles birthday buddies. But you do share a birthday with the star of Transformers, Shia LaBeouf, so that’s something.