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Sunday Bird Droppings: Where the Orioles don’t need a closer

Adam Jones is great, Alex Cobb’s best pitch might be back, and more in today’s Bird Droppings!

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MLB: Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Happy Sunday, Camden Chatters! How is your weekend going? Have you done anything fun? The Orioles haven’t.

In case you were lulled into a false sense of confidence because of the Orioles exerting dominance over the Rays and competence over the Yankees, surely that has all come crashing down with the series against the Rangers this weekend. Texas is in last place in the A.L. West and is not a good team, yet they have beaten the Orioles three in a row including two in which they scored in double digits.

Your favorite team managed to only lose by two yesterday, which seems almost like a moral victory after scores of 11-3 and 17-8. If you missed the game and want the details, you can check out Alex Church’s game recap.

Today the Orioles will try to avoid a four-game sweep. Game time is 3:05 with Yefry Ramirez facing Drew Hutchison, who the Rangers just signed yesterday.


Orioles notes: Buck Showalter isn't any closer to naming a new closer - Baltimore Sun
It's weird that anyone even cares enough to ask Showalter about this. The worst team in Orioles history doesn't need to worry about who will close games.

A beer, a ball game, and a bag of mail: Chicago beer, the Thing is back, launch angles, streakiness and more – The Athletic
Eno Sarris thinks that Alex Cobb's split-finger fastball is back. If that's true, it's very good news for both him and the Orioles.

The 2018 Baltimore Orioles in History: An Ill-Advised, Premature Comparison | The Hardball Times
This one is a few days old, but hey, we're short on links.

Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones is the MLB superstar we need - Call to the Pen
It's nothing new, but it's always good to remember how lucky we are to have this guy on our team.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! You have two Orioles birthday buddies. John Wasdin pitched in 328 games in his major league career, including 26 for the 2001 Orioles. He turns 46 years old today. Nelson Briles finished a 14-year career with 18 games for the 1977-78 Birds. He would have been 75 today but passed away in 2005.