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Sunday Bird Droppings: Where the Orioles aren’t spoiling anything for Boston

If the Orioles had unexpectedly taken some games from the Red Sox, the wild card race would have been shaken up. They haven’t.

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Baltimore Orioles v Boston Red Sox
Ideally, the ball is in your hand when you try to throw it to first base.
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Hello, friends.

The Orioles September of spoiler potential has been a mixed bag so far. The 3-3 record against the Yankees this month is probably the closest they’re going to get to spoiling things for any one team, and the Yankees could well still make the postseason; they’re only a half-game out of a spot through yesterday. The O’s remain 0 for September against the Red Sox and Blue Jays, though, so the only thing they’re spoiling there is the hopes of the teams that want them to beat Boston or Toronto.

The latest loss was something of a familiar story for the 2021 team. On an individual basis, Cedric Mullins and Ryan Mountcastle had good games, each with two hits and a walk. Mullins stole bases #29 and #30. Mountcastle extended his O’s rookie home run record by hitting #30. Those things were nice. Then the rest of the lineup got five hits total, and two pitching prospects we’ve been hoping for in the future - Zac Lowther and Mike Baumann - did not have great days. Check out Harrison Jozwiak’s recap for the not-so-lovely totals.

One piece of silver lining for the loss, small as it is, is that it gave the Orioles a little bit more daylight in the race for the #1 pick in next year’s draft. The Diamondbacks knocked off the Astros, 6-4 in 10 innings, to improve their record to 48-100. That leaves them a full game behind the O’s for the #1 pick standings - and don’t forget the O’s hold the tiebreaker by virtue of a worse 2019 record. Each team has 14 games remaining on its schedule.

The Orioles try to avoid a sweep this afternoon with a scheduled 1:10 game. Another of those pitching prospects who’s struggled in 2021, Alexander Wells, makes the start for the O’s, with Nathan Eovaldi set to pitch for Boston.

Around the blogO’sphere

Ramón Urías took roundabout route to majors before making most of opportunity with Orioles: ‘It’s been a good year for him’ (The Baltimore Sun)
For me, he’s one of the more pleasant surprises of the 2021 season and one of my early favorites for most likely to go from pleasant surprise to disappointment in 2022.

Putting Jones’s audition on hold takes him out of infield rotation (School of Roch)
Jahmai Jones didn’t do enough with glove or bat for the Orioles to want to give him regular playing time right now, so they sent him back to Norfolk for the time being. He homered in his first game back there yesterday.

What it costs for every MLB team’s fans to attend a game (The Athletic)
A few years ago, the Orioles were deemed the 4th-most affordable game experience in MLB. In 2021, with 101 losses and counting, they’re closer to the middle of the pack at 14th.

Birthdays and Orioles anniversaries

The Orioles were most recently victorious on September 19 in the 2018 season, when they beat the Blue Jays, 2-1. DJ Stewart hit his first major league homer in the game, and O’s pitchers, led by Jimmy Yacabonis, held Jays batters to four hits.

There are a few former Orioles who were born on this day. They are: 2013/18 infielder Danny Valencia, 2012 1B/DH Nick Johnson, 1996-97 closer Randy Myers, and 1954 pitcher Bob Turley.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday to you! Your birthday buddies for today include: novelist William Golding (1911), Baseball Hall of Famers Duke Snider (1926) and Joe Morgan (1943), actor Jeremy Irons (1948), journalist Soledad O’Brien (1966), author N.K. Jemisin (1972), and wrestler Eva Marie (1984).

On this day in history...

In 634, the city of Damascus fell to the Rashidun Arabs under Khalid ibn al-Walid. It was the first major Byzantine Empire city to fall, but not the last.

In 1356, the English scored a major victory over the French in the Hundred Years’ War, as Edward the Black Prince led an army to victory in the Battle of Poitiers. In the battle, the French king, John II, was captured.

In 1881, President James A. Garfield died of a wound he suffered after being shot on July 2. The Vice President, Chester A. Arthur, succeeded him as president.

In 1952, Charlie Chaplin was banned from re-entering the United States after a trip to England. Chaplin had been accused of being secretly a communist.


And that’s the way it is in Birdland on September 19. Have a safe Sunday. Go O’s!