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Thursday Bird Droppings: Where the Orioles are getting another day off

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Richard Bleier continues his way back, O’s minor leaguers are racking up the strikeouts, and more.

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Hello, friends.

Did you stay up past your bed time to watch last night’s Orioles game? I sure hope you didn’t, because it took four hours for the O’s to lose to the Red Sox in 12 innings by a 2-1 score. They struck out 22 times, walked zero times, and still were inches away from a walkoff home run if not for Trey Mancini being robbed by an amazing catch.

Inches away doesn’t get you a win, though. It gets you a loss when Yefry Ramirez gives up a home run of his own the next inning. Check out Paul Folkemer’s recap of the not-so-lovely totals to find out what you missed from the game.

The loss sends the Orioles to a 13-24 record, keeping them on pace in third place in the race for the #1 pick in the 2020 draft. At 13-25, the Royals are a half-game “ahead” of the Orioles, with the 10-26 Marlins really looking like they’re going to do their best to run away with this thing like the 2018 O’s did. Lurking not too far behind the O’s are the 14-22 Nationals, a fact that remains hilarious to me.

With two home runs allowed in last night’s loss, the Orioles have now given up 80 home runs in 37 games. That is a 350 home run pace over a full season of games, which would easily break the old record of 263 home runs allowed by the 2016 Reds. If you want to look on the bright side, the home run total is going up much slower than it was a few weeks ago, when there was a point where the O’s were on pace to allow like 420 home runs this year.

The Orioles have the day off to collect themselves after that loss. Next, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, who don’t actually go by that full name any more except for in the hearts of all baseball fans with a sense of humor, will be in town for three games. They are a disappointing 16-20 so far this season, with Mike Trout having hit “only” seven home runs so far this season. One imagines they will have some new trends before they leave Baltimore on Sunday.

Mike Mussina was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame 110 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

Hyde being cautious with Orioles starters pitch counts (Baltimore Baseball)
It’s nice to know Hyde is looking out for his pitchers, though it’s not like the starters exactly make the case to keep being pushed in games.

Pitching prospect Michael Baumann exemplifying new strikeout prowess in farm system (Baltimore Sun)
The Astros are good at having their minor league pitchers strike out a lot of guys. The Orioles hired some Astros guys. Now the Orioles minor league pitchers are striking out more guys.

Bleier updates his shoulder and rehab outing (School of Roch)
Richard Bleier is on the road back, though he’s still got some more rehabbing to do to make sure everything is OK.

The easiest home run record chase in baseball history (Fangraphs)
Yep, it’s about how the Orioles are giving up a ton of home runs this season.

MLB Pipeline’s 2019 Top 30 international prospects list (MLB.com)
Just in case you were wondering who the Orioles won’t sign this year because Dan Duquette’s people were asleep at the switch in 2017 when they all started making verbal commitments for this summer.

Orioles to appeal MASN TV broadcast fees decision in dispute with Nationals and MLB (Baltimore Sun)
The seven year saga over MASN television rights fees will be going on at least a little bit longer.

Birthdays and anniversaries

Today in 1987, Eddie Murray hit a home run from both sides of the plate for the second consecutive game. In doing so, he became the first player to ever accomplish this. The Orioles were victorious in both games, with winning scores of 7-6 and 15-6.

A handful of former Orioles were born on this day. They are: 2018 utility infielder Jace Peterson, 1979 six-gamer Tom Chism, and 1984 short-timer Ron Jackson.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday to you! Your birthday buddies for today include: abolitionist John Brown (1800), Peter Pan creator J.M. Barrie (1860), White Rose activist Sophie Scholl (1921), musician Billy Joel (1949), baseball Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn (1960), and actress Rosario Dawson (1979).

On this day in history...

In 1386, England and Portugal signed the Treaty of Windsor, ratifying an alliance between two countries. Still in force today, this is the oldest diplomatic alliance in the world.

In 1941, during World War II, the British Royal Navy captured a German submarine, U-110, which proved to be a significant event in the war because the sub contained an Enigma encoding machine, and the Allies were able to use it to break German codes.

In 1974, as a result of revelations in the Watergate scandal, the Judiciary Committee of the House of Representatives opened its formal impeachment hearings against President Nixon.

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And that’s the way it is in Birdland on May 9 - or at least, unless something happens later while the Orioles have the day off. Have a safe Thursday.