They are not all going to be fun days on the way between now and the Orioles rebuilding project reaching a better phase. We can all remember that, especially when there are games like last night to remind us. There was not much that was fun about it - all the worse since the disappointing loss involved a pitching prospect we’ve had hopes about for multiple seasons, Zac Lowther, getting bombed in his first MLB start.
If you’re looking for the not-so-lovely totals of the 11-6 loss, check out Stacey’s recap. The game involved Pat Valaika getting to pitch, so, you know. There are probably not going to be many good outcomes for the Orioles that involve that scenario.
That is going to be part of the reality of the rebuild, too. Some of the players we’ve gotten invested in over the years aren’t going to end up working out. There’s no cause for panic just because Lowther had a bad game. There will be bumps along the way even for the ones who do work out. We can hope that he’s learned something and will be able to apply it in the future. Until then, the rebuild is a rebuild.
Another young pitcher gets a crack at the Red Sox today. That’s Dean Kremer. We’ve already seen a bit of Kremer this year and last, and it hasn’t been great for him up to this point either. Kremer sits with a 5.67 ERA through nine big league starts. This does not mean he is a failure, either, but it is harder to hand-wave the distance between here and a better future as long as pitchers like Kremer are on the struggle bus. And in the meantime, there are minor league box scores to excite us, also hopefully.
A win would be nice because beating the Red Sox is nice. Avoiding three-game losing streaks is also nice. And winning for the moms of Birdland would be nice as well. There was one rather infamous Mother’s Day game against the Red Sox that need not be mentioned beyond this allusion. At least the moms who go to today’s game will get a nice scarf whatever happens.
Around the blogO’sphere
Austin Hays and wife, Samantha, cherishing first Mother’s Day with ‘miracle baby’ Levi (The Baltimore Sun)
Have a box of tissues handy for this one.
Orioles claim Waddell off waivers and DFA Flaa (School of Roch)
If there’s one lesson of the Dan Duquette era that carries over into the Mike Elias era, it’s that the last spot on the roster merry-go-round can spin at any time for reasons not immediately apparent.
Ryan Mountcastle on getting his offense going (Steve Melewski)
Mountcastle got three hits on Friday night, which was nice, but took an 0-for-4 last night. It’s going to take many more good games to get his OPS, currently .558, to a place that’s worth getting excited about.
Birthdays and Orioles anniversaries
Today in 1987, Eddie Murray homered from both sides of the plate for a second consecutive game. This had never happened before in MLB history. The Orioles won both games, 7-6 and 15-6, beating the White Sox.
There are a few former Orioles who were born on this day. They are: 2018-19 infielder Jace Peterson, 1979 six-gamer Tom Chism, and 1984 twelve-gamer Ron Jackson. Today is Jackson’s 68th birthday, so an extra happy birthday to him.
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), musician Billy Joel (1949), baseball Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn (1960), hockey Hall of Famer Steve Yzerman (1965), and actress Rosario Dawson (1979).
On this day in history...
In 1386, England and Portugal signed the Treaty of Windsor, establishing a diplomatic alliance that has remained unbroken ever since. It’s the oldest such alliance in the world.
In 1941, during World War II, a German sub, U-110, was captured. The sub contained a cipher-generating Enigma machine in use by Germany, and proved crucial for Allied cryptographers eventually breaking German codes.
In 1974, impeachment proceedings began against President Richard Nixon over his involvement in the cover-up of the Watergate break-in.
And that’s the way it is in Birdland on May 9. Have a safe Sunday. Go O’s!