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There's not much for Orioles fans to do today except root for their regional rivals to lose. In today's links, one misguided soul says Zach Britton wasn't the best AL reliever, other misguided souls have hope for next year's rotation, and more.

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Hello, friends.

There is nothing particularly unlucky about Thursday the 13th, but being as the Orioles are out of the picture, about all we can do today is root for this day to be extremely unlucky for the Washington baseball franchise, who are facing a decisive fifth game against the Dodgers. The number one storyline for the game is how many fans will leave early because the Metro won't stay open. What a sad state of affairs.

It's going to be a while yet before there's anything new to talk about with the Orioles, which doesn't mean that there's any halt to the flood of retrospectives and forward-looking articles coming out here and there. As to what they're going to end up doing, which will probably be nothing, well, it's still a few weeks before we start to find that out.

Let's hit the links.

Around the blogO'sphere

This, that and the other - School of Roch
If MASN believed in search engine optimization, you would know without my telling you that this article involves the performance of Tanner Scott and D.J. Stewart in the Arizona Fall League from Tuesday, among other things.

For starters: Young guns provide hope for improved rotation - Steve Melewski
To whom, exactly, the young guns are providing hope, given that two-fifths of the rotation is still going to be some combination of Ubaldo Jimenez, Yovani Gallardo, and Wade Miley, is not a question answered here.

Thoughts on Ubaldo Jimenez, stand-up guy -
None doubt that Jimenez is just about the nicest guy you could ever meet, a fact to which more than one person I know very well can personally attest. Whether he is going to be a good or decent starting pitcher next year is another story.

The Orioles’ Secret Sauce | FanGraphs Baseball
Former Camden Chatter Ryan Pollack pops up on Fangraphs to talk about the O's. Hey, we knew that guy back when!

Zach Britton Wasn’t Even the AL’s Best Reliever | FanGraphs Baseball
Not every take on Fangraphs is going to be a good take, alas.

Orioles offseason positional roundup: Second base - Baltimore Sun
This one is pretty easy. They had Jonathan Schoop and they're going to have Jonathan Schoop still next year.

Birthdays and anniversaries

On this day in 1970, the Orioles beat the Cincinnati Reds, 9-3, in Game 3 of the World Series to take a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven matchup. Dave McNally pitched a complete game and also hit a grand slam, which is kind of awesome. The Orioles would go on to win the championship in five games.

There are two former Orioles with birthdays today. They are: Hayden Penn, noteworthy for being the first Oriole to be younger than me, and also for being the player traded to bring Robert Andino to the Orioles; and the late Ron Moeller, who appeared in eight games total in 1956 and 1958.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Along with those former Orioles, your birthday buddies for today include: L.L. Bean founder Leon Leonwood Bean (1872), the UK's Iron Lady, Margaret Thatcher (1925), musician Paul Simon (1941), Van Halen replacement singer Sammy Hagar (1947), funny man Sacha Baron Cohen (1971), and singer-songwriter Ashanti (1980).

On this day in history...

In 54, Roman Emperor Claudius died after being poisoned, allowing future fiddler and 17-year-old stepson Nero to ascend to the throne.

In 1775, the Continental Congress ordered the establishment of the Continental Navy, which we now know today as the United States Navy.

In 1792, the cornerstone of what was then called the United States Executive Mansion was laid in Washington, D.C. These days it goes by the White House.

In 1884, the International Meridian Conference voted on the resolution to establish that the Prime Meridian for longitude is the one that passes through the Observatory of Greenwich in London.

In 1958, children's literature's Paddington Bear made his debut.


And that's the way it is in Birdland on October 13 - and it'll probably stay that way because what the heck is going to happen in the middle of October after the Orioles have been eliminated? Have a safe Thursday.