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Friday Bird Droppings: Where the Orioles are coming home for a while

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The O’s are kicking off a three-series homestand that will feature the AL East leaders, the defending World Series champs, and Mike Trout. Come out and see a game!

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Baltimore Orioles Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning, Camden Chatters.

The Orioles are back from their two-city excursion to the AL Central, a trip that saw them go an ugly 1-5 with some extremely sloppy performances in all facets. Now, it’s a return to Baltimore, where the O’s are riding a modest two-game home win streak.

This stint will keep the Birds at Camden Yards for nine games, their second-longest homestand of the season behind a 10-gamer at the start of August. They’ll have their work cut out for them, though, starting with the AL East-leading Rays for three games, then three against the defending champ Red Sox, who have improved somewhat since their brutal first couple of weeks. The O’s will finish things off by hosting the Los Angeles Mike Trouts of Anaheim for three games from May 10-12.

Call me a hopeless optimist, but I’m going to predict the Orioles notch four wins during this homestand. Don’t ask me how many wins against each opponent — just four total. What’s your prediction, O’s fans?


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Among the storylines happening in the minors right now, former first-round pick Cody Sedlock’s renaissance is one of the most exciting. He has a ways to go, but here’s hoping he can find his way back onto the Orioles’ prospects lists.

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Orioles birthdays and history

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Your share your birthday with three short-term O’s right-handers: Tony Arnold (60), Gabe Molina (44), and Bob McCrory (37). That trio combined for 82 games and a 6.96 ERA in an Orioles uniform.

This has been quite the notable day in Orioles history. On this date in 1963, pitcher Buster Narum hit a home run in his only plate appearance as an Oriole. He remains the only player in franchise history to accomplish that feat.

In 1992, former Rookie of the Year Gregg Olson notched his 100th career save, becoming the youngest player in MLB history to do so (25).

In 1999, the Cuban National Team played an exhibition game in the United States for the first time, beating the Orioles, 12-6.

And on this day two years ago, amidst some months-long drama in which the Red Sox freaked out about a Manny Machado slide, Kevin Gausman was inexplicably ejected from a game after hitting Xander Bogaerts with a curveball. The ump, Sam Holbrook, later threw out Adam Jones, too, for his first career ejection. #umpshow

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

Welcome to my newest Bird Droppings feature: the Orioles’ race for the MLB record for home runs allowed. That dubious mark is currently held by the 2016 Reds, who gave up 258 roundtrippers. The Orioles’ franchise record, meanwhile, is 242, held by the 2017 club. Let’s track the 2019 Orioles’ progress as they threaten both records.

At the 32-game point of the season, the Orioles have allowed an unbelievable 74 home runs, putting them on pace for 375 this year. The 2016 Reds, at the 32-game mark, had given up 59. They coughed up three in game No. 32, including a go-ahead homer by the BrewersJonathan Lucroy in the eighth inning.

Meanwhile, the 2017 Orioles weren’t yet having huge problems with the home run ball by this point of the season, and were on pace to give up only 177. The ball didn’t really start flying until the summer months rolled around. They gave up two to the Nationals in game No. 32, both off Ubaldo Jimenez.