Happy Monday, Camden Chatters! I hope you had a better weekend than the Orioles, who were swept by the Tampa Bay Rays and yesterday lost their 15th straight game on the road. That’s not fun. If you missed the game yesterday, you can check out the grisly details (including no hits after the second inning) in Mark Brown’s recap.
The Orioles own the worst record in the American League and have just a .344 winning percentage. That’s very bad, but not bad enough to be the worst in baseball. The Arizona Diamondback are putting on a real show in being bad. They haven’t lost 14 in a row this season the way the Orioles did, but they did have a 13-game losing streak in May and are in the midst of a 10-game losing streak.
The D-Backs are currently three games behind the Orioles in the overall MLB standings, but have played two more games. So the Orioles have time to make up the losses and get back down to the D-Backs level. I’m not a draft pick rooter in general, but people, what else do we have right now other than the minors?
The Orioles continue their road trip, and probably their road losing streak, tonight. They start a four-game series in Cleveland before coming home this weekend.
Freddy Galvis could be back at shortstop for the Orioles in 2022 - BaltimoreBaseball.com
I mean, why not I guess? The middle infielders in the system probably won't be ready next season.
Jorge López has pitched nearly 100 innings for the Orioles. It’s still impossible to tell what they have in him. - Baltimore Sun
Is it really impossible to tell? It seems to me that Jorge López is, in all likelihood, a pitcher with good stuff that doesn't play as a starter due to his troubles getting deep into the game. Am I wrong? Leave him in there to see if I am because it doesn't matter this year.
Items on Galvis, Leyba, Zimmermann, Wynns and Cumberland - School of Roch
Roch Kubatko points to Freddie Galvis's veteran leadership as a reason it might be worth keeping him around rather than trading him. I guess it's Freddie Galvis week in Birdland media.
Did you know that former Oriole Adam Jones has a podcast? Well he does! It is titled Heckle Deez, because of course it is. I haven’t listened to it, but in the latest episode he was joined by current Oriole Cedric Mullins. If you check it out, let me know how it is.
HECKLE DEEZ EP 5 OUT NOW! You won't want to miss it. Cedric Mullins of the Baltimore @Orioles joins the Heckle Deez Podcast! @Tha_reginald @SimplyAJ10 & @cedmull30 #heckledeez. So, tune in now to hear from one of the hottest hitters in baseball! https://t.co/pi51QjyXhd— HECKLE DEEZ (@heckledeez) June 13, 2021
Birthdays and History
Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! I’m sorry to report that of all the players to ever play for the Orioles, none of them share your birthday. But I don’t leave you hanging! Your non-Orioles birthday buddies include author and abolitionist Harriet Beecher Stowe (b. 1811, d. 1896), singer Boy George (1961), and tennis player Steffi Graff (1969).
On this day in 1985, manager Earl Weaver came out of retirement to replace Joe Altobelli as the Orioles’ manager. Weaver finished out the season with a 52-53 record, then after a losing 1986 season, the only losing season of his managerial career, he re-retired.