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Tuesday Bird Droppings: Where the Orioles will play their neighbors

The Orioles had a day off and now it’s time for another Battle of the Beltways. One team is a bit better than the other this year.

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Tampa Bay Rays v Baltimore Orioles Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images

Hello, friends.

Another brief reprieve from the Orioles is over. They are back in action today, although take heart, because there will be another off day again on Thursday after the short two-game series against the Nationals that begins tonight. Are we having fun yet?

Things aren’t going to get any easier for the remainder of the season. As Camden Chat’s Tyler Young wrote yesterday, the Orioles pitching staff is probably only going to get worse in the aftermath of Andrew Cashner being traded and possibly another trade for Mychal Givens.

The O’s might have dodged making history on Sunday when they broke up the Rays combined no-hitter, but they’re still on a collision course for other historic “accomplishments.” The big one is, of course, that they are on pace to allow more home runs than any team has ever allowed before. If things continue at this rate, they will give up 315 homers on the year, well beyond the existing record of 258 served up by the 2016 Reds.

Things would have to get a lot worse indeed for the O’s to start being mentioned in the same breath as the 1962 Mets. The O’s are on pace to win 49 games right now. It’s not good, but that nine games of daylight between the Mets of ‘62 and the O’s of today is something to cling to for as long as it lasts.

Rebuilding and tanking or not, I don’t want the Orioles to be the worst to ever play in the modern era, you know? That wouldn’t be fun. None of this is really all that fun. This will all get better some day down the road. It’s just pretty tough to see it right now.

There have been 178 days since Mike Mussina was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Orioles have not yet announced any plans to retire his jersey number or erect his statue at Camden Yards.

Around the blogO’sphere

Who’s the next Orioles player to be traded? (School of Roch)
Roch seems to think Mychal Givens is next on the block, with intel that the Phillies will be around to scout him during the next week.

Hanser Alberto waved to his dad, then broke up the Rays perfect game bid in the ninth (Baltimore Sun)
This one is left over from Sunday and still just as delightful.

After a bout of mononucleosis, Adley Rutschman expected to make pro debut this weekend and likely Aberdeen debut next week (The Athletic)
This reminds me of something that would have happened to Hayden Penn. Let’s hope this is the last time I find myself thinking of Rutschman and Penn in close proximity.

The story of the 2019 Orioles so far, as told through ‘Hamilton’ songs (Baltimore Baseball)
Camden Chatter Paul Folkemer contributed this one to Baltimore Baseball. I have faith that it will be better received by the CC audience than it seems to have been there.

On the O’s farm, Bowie Baysox continue to roll (Steve Melewski)
Bowie really bummed me out to start the season. Like the Monty Python man who was turned into a newt, they’ve gotten better.

Birthdays and anniversaries

Of all the players to ever play for the Orioles, there is one lone birthday today: 1966-67 reliever Eddie Fisher. He turns 83 today. Happy birthday to him.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday to you! Your birthday buddies for today include: NAACP co-founder Ida B. Wells (1862), popcorn pioneer Orville Redenbacher (1907), actress Ginger Rogers (1911), The Police drummer Stewart Copeland (1952), football Hall of Famer Barry Sanders (1968), actor Corey Feldman (1971), and soccer champion Carli Lloyd (1982).

On this day in history...

In 1054, the schism between the Catholic Church and Eastern Orthodox Church took place when three Romans placed an invalid papal bull of excommunication on the altar of the Hagia Sophia during Saturday service.

In 1790, President Washington signed the Residence Act, which established that the District of Columbia would become the capital of the United States prior to the year 1800.

In 1862, Union naval officer David Farragut was promoted to rear admiral, the first to hold that rank in United States history. The Union commander known for his “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!” order at the 1864 Battle of Mobile Bay later became the first American vice admiral and admiral as well.

In 1941, Joe DiMaggio collected a hit for the 56th consecutive game, the last of his still-record hitting streak.

In 1945, in the middle of the desert near Alamogordo, New Mexico, the United States successfully tested a nuclear weapon for the first time. This same day, parts that were later assembled into the “Little Boy” bomb dropped on Hiroshima set sail on the USS Indianapolis from San Francisco with a destination in the Northern Marianas.

In 1969, the Apollo 11 mission launched from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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And that’s the way it is in Birdland on July 16 - or at least, until something happens later when the Orioles play the Walgreens company baseball team. Have a safe Tuesday. Go O’s!