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Friday Bird Droppings: The Orioles aren’t the only team making dubious history

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The O’s may be approaching the all-time record for consecutive road losses, but the Arizona Diamondbacks have already beaten them to it.

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Good morning, Camden Chatters.

Welp, the Orioles just finished their second consecutive winless road trip, a pitiful slog through Tampa Bay and Cleveland that resulted in two sweeps, an 0-7 record, and a continuation of an unfathomable 19-game road losing streak. Yesterday’s contest was the typical, embarrassing, uncompetitive disaster we’ve come to expect from the Orioles, and Andrea SK’s recap has all the details.

In times like these, it may feel like no other baseball fan base could possibly empathize with what O’s fans are going through. That no other team could ever put up this kind of horrendous streak, losing game after game after game on the road, closing in on historic futility with no end in sight to the suffering.

And yet, as excruciating as things are in Birdland, the Orioles aren’t alone. In fact, they may not even end up setting the all-time MLB record for consecutive road losses — because the Arizona Diamondbacks have already beaten them to that humiliating mark. And it’s still going.

Yesterday, the Diamondbacks lost their 23rd straight road game, getting trounced in San Francisco, 10-3, to complete a four-game sweep (and the seventh straight road series in which the D’Backs have been swept). Arizona has not won a road game since sweeping a doubleheader in Atlanta on April 25, in which the nightcap featured Madison Bumgarner’s seven-inning no-hitter that wasn’t a no-hitter. (Coincidentally, the Orioles’ last road win was also a no-hitter, the John Means gem in Seattle on May 5).

The Diamondbacks have become the first team in the modern era to lose as many as 23 straight road games, surpassing the previous record of 22 held by the 1943 Philadelphia Athletics and 1963 New York Mets. They’ve also lost 14 in a row overall, which, incredibly, started just two games after a 13-game losing streak. (Yes, they’re 1-27 in their last 28 games.) It’s no wonder the D’Backs still manage to hold the pole position for the #1 overall draft pick next year, with a league-worst 20-50 record that out-stinks even the Orioles’ 22-46 mark.

The Diamondbacks’ and Orioles’ dual road losing streaks will hit pause for a moment, as each team begins a six-game homestand today. The O’s head back on the road June 24 for a 10-game trip against three decent-to-good teams — the Blue Jays, Astros, and Angels — while the Diamondbacks will follow suit June 25 with a six-game jaunt through San Diego and St. Louis. Both streaks have a potential to get a lot longer.

So take note, Orioles fans: if you think this is rock bottom, remember that things could be worse. One poor team has already proven as much.

Links

Jorge López allows three homers as road losing streak continues - Steve Melewski
Brandon Hyde and Trey Mancini offer their thoughts on the Orioles’ club-record losing streak. Spoiler alert: they do not like it.

Myriad O’s Thoughts: Heston Kjerstad’s setback; DL Hall’s injury; Brandon Hyde’s future – The Athletic
If things weren’t bad enough at the major league level, the O’s also got bad injury news on two of their top four prospects. Welp. That’s it. Burn it all down.

Mike Elias discusses Brandon Hyde’s job status for 2022 - Orioles.com
I certainly don’t think the Orioles’ woes are Brandon Hyde’s fault, but there’s not exactly a lot of evidence that he’s a particularly good manager, either. Either way, it appears Mike Elias trusts him enough to keep him around past this season.

Orioles birthdays and history

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! You have two Orioles birthday buddies: catcher and fan favorite Caleb Joseph (35) and 2003 first baseman Carlos Mendez (47).

On this day in 1974, the O’s crushed the Twins, 10-1, with should-be-a-Hall-of-Famer Bobby Grich smacking three home runs — one solo, one two-run shot, and one three-run blast. Not a bad day’s work. Orioles starter Ross Grimsley threw a complete game in which he gave up 13 hits but somehow zero earned runs, thanks to the Twins stranding 11 runners on base.

And on this date in 2007, the Orioles fired manager Sam Perlozzo, who had posted a 122-164 record in parts of three seasons as the Birds’ skipper. The O’s were in the midst of a nine-game losing streak at the time of Perlozzo’s firing. Only nine? How quaint.