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Tuesday Bird Droppings: Where the Orioles can’t beat the Yankees

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The O’s had a victory over the Yankees well within their grasp. And then they did Orioles things.

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New York Yankees v Baltimore Orioles Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images

Good morning, Camden Chatters.

Friends, I hope you’re not getting too invested in this 2019 Orioles season. Just take a deep breath and repeat to yourself — wins and losses don’t matter. Wins and losses don’t matter. Wins and losses don’t... (heavy sigh) ... matter.

Because if they did matter, last night’s loss to the Yankees would go down as one of the most excruciating in recent memory. The O’s, at one point, held a 6-1 lead. They got encouraging performances from the likes of Hanser Alberto, who collected four hits while batting leadoff for the first time. For once, everything was going their way.

And then disaster struck, as it always seems to do when the Orioles play the Yankees. The bullpen imploded. The defense melted down with costly misplay after costly misplay in the late innings. The Yankees bashed three home runs, including Gary Sanchez’s back-breaking, go-ahead, three-run homer in the ninth. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Andrea SK recapped the full, horrid details of the latest O’s travesty.

The Birds have now lost their last six games to the Yankees since taking two of three in New York to open the 2019 season. In those six games, they’ve given up 22 homers — including 14 by Gleyber Torres and Gary Sanchez alone! — and have blown a lead in the sixth inning or later three times.

We knew going into the season that the O’s didn’t have the talent level to compete with the AL elites like the Yankees, but my goodness, this is a bloodbath. And the Birds still have to play the Yankees 10 more times this season, including three more in this series.

Just remember. Wins and losses don’t matter...wins and losses don’t matter...


Orioles mishandle late lead and lose 10-7 - School of Roch
“Mishandle” is a much more polite phrasing than I would use.

Orioles reset: Ranking club’s potential trade candidates at halfway point to trade season - Baltimore Sun
Jon Meoli ranks all the trade candidates on the Orioles, a list that includes a grand total of five players. Sounds about right.

High Stakes Of No. 1: Orioles Prepare For Top Pick In MLB Draft -
A bevy of athletes and sports media personalities, including former O’s No. 1 pick Ben McDonald, weigh in on what to expect when the Orioles make the top pick in the 2019 draft. The main takeaway: the Orioles better not screw this up.

Mark Trumbo could be getting closer to an Orioles return -
Print the playoff tickets!

Uninvited to Couples’ Game Night? How O’s lefty John Means met his match by falling for former pro goalkeeper Caroline Stanley – The Athletic
Dan Connolly shares the delightful story of the relationship between the two pro athletes. My favorite part is when Means got upset that he kept losing at Uno and claimed that it was all luck, and Stanley was like, “If it were luck, you’d be winning more.”

O's get positive reports about Mountcastle -
I would call Brandon Hyde’s praise of Mountcastle's defense a bit muted, with quotes like “making progress” and “coming along.” But hey, we know the guy can hit.

Orioles birthdays and history

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! You are awash in Orioles birthday buddies, including current O’s outfielder Joey Rickard, who turns 28 today. Will he get penciled into the lineup on his big day? We shall see.

Among notable recent ex-Orioles, both Matt Wieters (33) and Andrew Miller (34) have birthdays today. Wieters never developed into the “Mauer with power” he was hyped up to be, but still put together a strong eight-year career with the Birds, making four All-Star teams. Miller was a bullpen force to be reckoned with in his all-too-brief 23 games with the first-place 2014 Orioles. Coincidentally, the two are currently teammates again, now with the Cardinals.

Other May 21 Birds birthdays include 1999 six-gamer Tommy Davis (46), not to be confused with the early ‘70s Oriole by the same name; 2006 catcher Chris Widger (48), and 1979 outfielder Bob Molinaro (69).

On this day in 1956, the O’s pulled off a six-player trade with the White Sox that landed them Bob Nieman, George Kell, Mike Fornieles, and former Negro Leagues star Connie Johnson. Nieman was the Orioles’ best hitter for the next three years, while the others made solid contributions to the fledgling O’s franchise.

Race for the HRs allowed record (through 47 games)

Team HRs allowed 162-game pace Final season total
Team HRs allowed 162-game pace Final season total
2019 Orioles 97 334 ??
2016 Reds 76 262 258
2017 Orioles 58 200 242

The Orioles, after giving up three more homers last night, have nearly hit the century mark after just 47 games. The 2016 Reds, the all-time MLB leaders in homers allowed, gave up a dinger in game No. 47 after going three games in a row without allowing one. It was hit by the DodgersYasmani Grandal off of — guess who? — current Oriole Dan Straily. At that point, the Reds were almost exactly on pace for the 258 homers they ultimately gave up that year.

Meanwhile, the 2017 Orioles, the franchise record holders for homers allowed, still weren’t on a terrible pace by their 47th game. They allowed one homer that night, a George Springer two-run blast off Wade Miley (who is now his teammate in Houston).