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Monday Bird Droppings: Where two out of three ain’t bad

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The Orioles won their series over the weekend, the offense continues to slump, and more in today’s Bird Droppings.

MLB: Baltimore Orioles at Texas Rangers Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Happy Monday, Camden Chatters! Did you have a nice weekend? I sure hope so. The Orioles themselves had a pretty good one, even if it ended on a sour note yesterday. After racking up wins on Friday and Saturday, the team squandered a great start by John Means in a 1-0 walk-off loss to the Rangers. You can read all about that loss, if you must, in Paul Folkemer’s game recap.

The Orioles hitters will have a chance to think about what they’ve done during today’s off day, the first of two they’ll have this week. Then tomorrow they start a two-game series with the Miami Marlins, their first interleague series of the year.

One of the worst slumping hitters on the team is Anthony Santander, who had high expectations put upon him after his exciting 2020 season. But he’s had just 10 hits this season despite being a regular in the lineup. Just three of those hits have gone for extra bases, including a double yesterday. And he’s only drawn two walks. It’s been pretty brutal.

Brandon Hyde was asked about Santander as documented in the link to Roch’s blog below, and he used a lot of words to say that the league was able to figure Santander out some last year and they’re using that to their advantage so far this year. That’s not encouraging! But Hyde assures us that he’s working hard to change his approach to turn things around. I sure hope it works for both him and the rest of the offense.

Links

Orioles’ Trey Mancini enduring mixed start to comeback season: ‘He’s just trying so hard’ - Baltimore Sun
It's no secret that Trey Mancini has been frustrated with his struggles this year. But Brandon Hyde (and I) think he'll be fine.

Sunday Notes: Cesar Valdez’s Powerful Paralyzing Perfect Pachydermous Percussion Pitch | FanGraphs Baseball
This week's Sunday notes starts with notes of Cesar Valdez. David Laurila asked Tim Hyers, the hitting coach for the Red Sox, what advice he gives for batters about to face Valdez.

Hyde on Galvis, Kremer, Akin, Santander and more - School of Roch
Roch Kubatko has Brandon Hyde's thoughts on a bevy of players, including Freddy Galvis, Dean Kremer, and Anthony Santander.

John Means throws seven scoreless but Orioles lose in extras to Rangers - MLB.com
The Orioles lost yesterday, but John Means pitched a heck of a game. If he can be close to this good for most of his other starts, we're in for a lot of fun.

Birthdays and History

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! You have three Orioles birthday buddies. Flat Breezy himself, George Sherrill, turns 44 years old today. Ah, back when Orioles used to be older than me. Those were the days. It’s also the birthday of Willis Otanez (48) who played in 32 games with the Orioles from 1998-99 and Scott Kamieniecki (57), who was an Oriole from 1997-99. He made 30 starts for the wire-to-wire ‘97 team.

On this day in 1996, the Texas Rangers beat the Orioles 26-7, including a 16-run eighth inning. Shortstop Manny Alexander pitched the final 23 of an inning, walking four and giving up five runs. It’s no 30-3, but still plenty embarrassing. Makes yesterday’s loss not seem too bad!