After Sunday’s game was rained out, the Orioles still sit at a 12-22 record after 34 games, leaving them on pace to win 57 over a full season. Do you think that they can manage to go 45-83 over the last 128 games to pull that off? Can they do better, or will they do worse? A 57-105 record doesn’t sound like a lot of fun, and it’s not, but it’s still better than last year when they won only 47.
If you want to imagine a version of the Orioles that sucks a bit less than last year’s Orioles, this weekend did give a glimpse of it. Dylan Bundy was positively dominant in his Saturday outing against the Rays, not an easy team to face. That’s certainly something that might make this year a bit more fun - if there is at least one starting pitcher who is not horrible.
Probably don’t get too excited, though. Even if the new Bundy is here to stay, he’s going to get traded in July. That’s the reality of the 2019 team. If they’re already in arbitration or if they’re here on a free agent contract, and if they are performing well enough that some other team wants them, they’ll be gone for prospects. There isn’t the core of a good team here in MLB already, even if a number of players achieve maximum potential.
Over the next few days, the Orioles will have a chance to gain some ground on a team ahead of them as they take on the Red Sox for three games. Sadly for me, who derives significant enjoyment from the failure of Boston sports teams, the Sox have clawed back to just one game under .500 and they’ve won seven of their past ten games. The O’s could prove to be the kind of thing that the Sox need to continue their resurgence. It’d be more fun to stop them in their tracks.
Mike Mussina was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame 107 days ago. The Orioles have not yet announced any plans to retire his jersey number or erect his statue at Camden Yards.
Around the blogO’sphere
Means hoping to expand his starts beginning today (School of Roch)
The rainout yesterday is going to have John Means starting a day later than expected, but he’ll still look to keep a spot in the rotation with how he pitches today.
Pedro Severino finding success with opportunity that arose after Nationals put him on waivers (Baltimore Sun)
Those who, like me, enjoy the failure of teams beyond just the Red Sox, may be happy to know that the 14-19 Nationals are missing out on Severino’s offense because they decided they didn’t need him.
Hyde optimistic about minors; Cobb still in Baltimore (Baltimore Baseball)
Among the things Brandon Hyde is happy about in the minors is Norfolk’s offense and Delmarva’s pitching staff.
Martin sits as O’s wait for right matchup (Orioles.com)
A .183/.266/.268 batting line for Richie Martin is proving to be not quite enough for the O’s to want to keep playing him every day.
Stevie Wilkerson adds center field to his defensive resume (Steve Melewski)
He hasn’t looked embarrassing out there, which is something. I have a feeling the Orioles would be happier if either Cedric Mullins had hit well enough to keep the job, or if Austin Hays was healthy enough to take it.
Guessing the fate of April’s underachieving starting pitchers (Fangraphs)
It’s bad when the entire starting rotation gets listed among the underachievers, right?
Birthdays and anniversaries
Today in 2012, the Orioles played the bonkers 17-inning affair in Boston that ended with Chris Davis pitching the final two innings and picking up the win after Adam Jones delivered a go-ahead three-run home run against the Red Sox choice for a position player pitcher, Darnell McDonald.
There are a handful of former Orioles who were born on this day. They are: 2015 outfielder Gerardo Parra, 2000-01 reserve Mike Kinkade, 1994 reliever Tom Bolton, and Hagerstown’s own Leo Burke, who appeared in 12 games for the 1958 and 1959 Orioles. Today is Burke’s 85th birthday, so an extra happy birthday to him.
Is today your birthday? Happy birthday to you! Your birthday buddies for today include: psychoanalysis founder Sigmund Freud (1856), actor/director Orson Welles (1915), baseball Hall of Famer Willie Mays (1931), musician Bob Seger (1945), actor George Clooney (1961), hockey Hall of Fame goalie Martin Brodeur (1972), actress Adrianne Palicki (1983), and rapper Meek Mill (1987).
On this day in history...
In 1527, a combined Spanish and German force sacked the city of Rome. The event is recognized by some as the end of the Renaissance. The pope of the day, Clement VII, escaped the sacking, though 147 of his Swiss Guards perished in the process.
In 1682, the French king, Louis XIV, moved the court to the Palace of Versailles, where it remained until 1789, when his descendant, Louis XVI, ended up on the wrong end of a revolution.
In 1877, Oglala Lakota chief Crazy Horse surrendered to US forces in Nebraska.
In 1889, the Eiffel Tower officially opened to the public.
In 1937, the zeppelin Hindenburg caught fire while attempting to dock in Lakehurst, New Jersey. Within a minute, the zeppelin was destroyed. 36 people were killed.
And that’s the way it is in Birdland on May 6 - or at least, until something happens later when the Orioles play the Red Sox. Have a safe Monday. Go O’s!