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Friday Bird Droppings: Where the Orioles won’t get a rest for a while

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The Orioles are starting a 20-game stretch without an off day, their longest of the season. Strap in.

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Good morning, Camden Chatters.

How’d you enjoy your day off from Orioles baseball yesterday? Let’s hope the players enjoyed theirs, because it’ll be almost three weeks before they get another one.

Barring any postponements, the O’s are scheduled to play baseball for the next 20 days in a row. That’s their longest stretch of the season without an off day. Their grind will start in Baltimore tonight with a three-game series against the Angels, then take them to New York for three, Cleveland for four, back to Baltimore for four against the Yankees, then all the way to Denver for three, and finally a third stint at Camden Yards for three against the Tigers.

Whew. That’s an unforgiving stretch of travel. If my back-of-the-napkin calculations are correct, the Orioles will be flying nearly 4,000 miles during this slog. All without even one day of rest!

So if the O’s start playing like zombies in the next 20 days, well, try not to be too hard on them. Blame the schedule makers.

Links

Orioles caught controlling the running game - School of Roch
One of the many ways that this year’s Orioles are more fun to watch than the 2018 club: their catchers can actually throw out runners. The O’s have cut down a league-leading 60 percent of attempted base stealers this year, as opposed to 32 percent last season.

A complete team effort has keyed Delmarva’s stunning start - Steve Melewski
Even the Delmarva Shorebirds are amazed at how good the Delmarva Shorebirds have been. And oh by the way, they won again yesterday, running their record to 25-5.

Orioles Organization ‘Definitely Feeling Like Home’ For Infielder Rylan Bannon - PressBoxOnline
Rylan Bannon accurately points out that it’s a good time to be a prospect in the Orioles’ system, considering that basically every major league roster spot is up for grabs or will be in the near future. Ah, rebuilding!

Baltimore Orioles: Two Pleasant Surprises During Tough Times - Birds Watcher
Nick Stevens points out the excellent work done so far by Dwight Smith Jr. and Gabriel Ynoa. Oops! I spoiled the identity of the two players in the headline. Well, you should read this article anyway.

Orioles birthdays and history

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Only one Oriole shares your birthday: right-hander Kam Mickolio (35), one of the five players the O’s received in the Erik Bedard trade. Mickolio didn’t quite have the staying power of Adam Jones or Chris Tillman, appearing in just 23 games with the Birds.

On this day in 2012, the Orioles became the first AL team ever to start a game with back-to-back-to-back home runs, with Ryan Flaherty, J.J. Hardy, and Nick Markakis doing the honors. I recapped that game for Camden Chat. Good times!

Race for the HRs allowed record (through 37 games)

Team HRs allowed 162-game pace Final season total
Team HRs allowed 162-game pace Final season total
2019 Orioles 80 350 ??
2016 Reds 64 280 258
2017 Orioles 45 197 242

Let’s check in on how the 2019 Orioles’ staff compares to the MLB record holders for most home runs allowed (the 2016 Reds) and the franchise record holders (2017 Orioles). Through 37 games, this year’s O’s are on pace to give up an eye-popping 350 homers. The Reds, at this same point, were on pace to allow 280, and the 2017 Orioles a mere 197. In game No. 37, those 2017 Orioles coughed up three homers, including two by J.D. Martinez, in a ridiculous 13-11, 13-inning win in Detroit.