The Orioles are, once again, keeping it 100. This is not a hip thing to say any more, and even if it was, it wouldn’t be great because the way they’re keeping it 100 is with 100 losses in the 2021 season. It’s not three 100+ loss seasons in a row thanks to the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, though it is still the case that the last three full seasons to be played saw the Orioles lose at least 100. It is not great.
If you’re looking for the not-so-lovely totals from loss #100, check out Paul Folkemer’s recap of the game.
Perhaps if O’s fans are lucky, this will be the last 100+ loss year for quite a while. There is enough good stuff going on down on the farm that you can start to imagine maybe a better team next year. I’m not saying a good team. There will still be a lot of holes and some roster spots with a rotating cast of jabronis, but starting with Adley Rutschman, more real prospects should start getting opportunities.
For now, as I think John Mellencamp once sang, the baseball season goes on, long after the thrill of baseball is gone. (I know the real words are different.) There are 15 games left to be played, no matter how miserable they may end up being for O’s fans. The team is chasing a 48th win to get ahead of the 2018 losers. Hopefully they get a few more than that. It is highly unlikely they will pass the 1988 or 2019 54-win squads, so I guess we can all savor what’s likely to be the second-worst Orioles team we’ve ever seen. Yay.
A 1:10 game awaits against the Red Sox this afternoon. Zac Lowther and Nick Pivetta are the scheduled starting pitchers for the game. Hopes will not be high in this household.
Around the blogO’sphere
On O’s farm, hitters take BP routine and turn it into runs (Steve Melewski)
Orioles minor leaguers have been facing tougher batting practice, and it’s paying off for a lot of them in 2021.
Healthy Austin Hays once again using September to showcase potential with Orioles (The Baltimore Sun)
The Sun published this one yesterday morning and Hays hit his seventh September homer last night. Good timing!
The daily roster move: Knight called up (Orioles.com)
The Orioles optioned Jahmai Jones after Thursday’s game and recalled reliever Dusten Knight prior to Friday’s game.
Mancini and Means lead Orioles by example (Baltimore Baseball)
Rich Dubroff points out that even the 1988 Orioles had two future Hall of Famers to set a good example. Trey Mancini and John Means are probably not future HOFers, but they’re the guys in those roles in 2021.
Tyler Wells on battling fatigue and fluke hits (School of Roch)
The Rule 5 pick has been facing some fatigue towards the end of his most intense season to date. Hopefully he’ll be ready to combat that fatigue more next season.
Birthdays and Orioles anniversaries
In 1976, future Hall of Famer Frank Robinson took the final at-bat of his MLB career against his former team, picking up a pinch-hit single as the Cleveland player-manager.
In 1991, Cal Ripken Jr. hit his 30th home run of the season in a loss to the Red Sox. In the process, Cal became the first shortstop to ever have a 30+ home run, 40+ double season.
There is one current Oriole with a birthday today. Happy 25th birthday to Marcos Diplán! The only former Oriole born today is 1964-65 reliever Harvey Haddix, who passed away in 1994 at age 68.
Is today your birthday? Happy birthday to you! Your birthday buddies for today include: Roman emperor Trajan (53), physicist León Foucault (1819), actress Greta Garbo (1905), baseball Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg (1959), actor James Gandolfini (1961), cyclist Lance Armstrong (1971), Baltimore-born actress Jada Pinkett Smith (1971), and actor Jason Sudeikis (1975).
On this day in history...
In 1066, the Norwegian king Harald Hardrada landed on the shores of England, setting up six weeks of fighting that ultimately led to William of Normandy conquering the country.
In 1793, President George Washington laid the first cornerstone of the United States Capitol.
In 1977, Voyager 1, 12 days into its mission, took the first distant photo to have Earth and the Moon in the same frame. The spacecraft is now at a distance from Earth that is 154 times the distance from Earth to the Sun, with its instruments maintaining power until at least 2025.
And that’s the way it is in Birdland on September 18. Have a safe Saturday. Go O’s!