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Wednesday’s Bird Droppings: Where the Orioles can’t get out of their own way

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In O’s news: another loss, Cobb is getting better, Jones is practicing in right field and Grayson Rodriguez looks good.

Baltimore Orioles v Tampa Bay Rays Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Morning, Birdland!

Let’s all agree that wins don’t matter much right now. In fact, maybe it’s better if the Orioles lose every game the rest of the season. Yeah, it would be unfortunate to go down in history as one of the worst teams of all time, but that draft pick would ease the pain.

Alex Cobb seems to have figured something out over the last month. He actually looks like the quality, major league pitcher the O’s expected when they signed him. Maybe missing Spring Training was the cause of his early woes.

Last night was a prime example of why “four” tends to be the magic number of runs needed in games at this level. Teams that score four or more runs win most of the time. But the Orioles are not a good team. They average about 3.8 runs per game.

In case you missed it, the O’s lost 4-3 to Rays on Tuesday night. The Birds scored on a pair of solo home runs and an RBI ground out. Then Evan Phillips and the O’s defense had some difficulties in the bottom of the eighth to cough up the lead before the Rays walked off with a homer of their own in the ninth. Harrison recapped the sadness for CC.

Links

These 2018 Draft picks are off to hot starts - MLB Pipeline
Grayson Rodriguez, the Orioles top draft choice from this past summer, gets some love in this post for his early success with the GCL O’s. Obviously, it’s early and he’s a high school pitcher. There is a long way to go before he is making an impact on the Camden Yards mound. Even still, it’s fun to follow his success.

Orioles and Royals have gone from ALCS to historically awful in four years - CBS Sports
Sure, we stink, but at least we aren’t alone.

Orioles’ Cobb has steadily regained his form - Baltimore Baseball
The title is a little deceptive. This is mostly just s generic “notes” piece, but there are quotes from Cobb about how he has finally started to settle in with the O’s.

Notes on Givens, Jones, Cobb and opposing starters - MASN Sports
Another collection of notes, this time from Kubatko. Roch has some quotes from Buck Showalter about the closer situation and Adam Jones potentially playing right field soon.

The Orioles did what they had to - Camden Depot/The Warehouse Podcast
Podcasts aren’t instant gratification, people. You have to wait and let them age like a fine wine. The trade deadline passed a week ago, but that time allowed us a chance to collect our thoughts on the deals that went down and put together a perfect trade deadline extravaganza....and then we rushed and recorded this episode. It’s still pretty good.

Orioles birthdays and history

Is it your birthday? Happy Birthday!

You share the day with three former O’s. Eddy Rodriguez (b. 1981) was a right-handed reliever that had a 5.40 ERA over 58.1 innings for the 2004 and 2006 Birds. Johnny Temple (b. 1927, d. 1994) made his name with the Reds, but spent the 1962 season with the Orioles and slashed .263/.352/.311 as the team’s second baseman. Finally, Marlin Stuart (b. 1918, d. 1994) was a bullpen arm for the 1954 O’s and had a 4.46 ERA in 381. innings of work.

1996 - Eddie Murray passes Lou Gehrig on the MLB all-time home run list with his 494th career round-tripper. The two-run long ball proves to be the difference in a 6-4 Orioles win over the Brewers.