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Sunday Bird Droppings: Where the Orioles need a Tillman miracle

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Suddenly, the Orioles offense has gone away. They’ll need it with Chris Tillman pitching today. In today’s links, Britton on spin rate, a case for Schoop as MVP, and more.

Toronto Blue Jays v Baltimore Orioles Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images

Hello, friends.

Another day has dawned with the Orioles in third place in the American League East. They remain eight games behind the division-leading Red Sox.

More importantly, Saturday’s disappointing loss sends the Orioles back down to 2.5 games away from the second wild card spot. The Twins pulped the Royals on Saturday. The Yankees were winners as well, meaning the first wild card spot is receding again. The O’s are now 3.5 games back of that spot.

If you missed Saturday’s game, you’re probably lucky to have not seen it. For a refresher on the not-so-lovely totals, be sure to check out Stacey’s recap.

The Orioles have really blown this series against the Blue Jays. What they needed was to ride their hot streak to knock the stuffing out of the last place Jays. What they’re going to get, if they’re really, really lucky, is a split, and with one of the worst starting pitchers of 2017, Chris Tillman, in action on Sunday, they’re much more likely to be headed to a crushing loss of three out of four games.

In the end, the seven game winning streak the Orioles rattled off just opened up the door for them to maybe be able to do something interesting. So far, the O’s have squandered the opportunity. Maybe today will bring us a surprise.

Around the blogO’sphere

Brainy Birds: Why the Orioles are smarter than us all (ESPN)
ESPN’s Eddie Matz with a positive take on the Orioles trade deadline decision to buy, although this series makes it hard to feel like things are going well.

Exploring the positives and negatives of the Orioles’ return to a six-man rotation (Baltimore Sun)
In short, the positives are extra rest for Dylan Bundy, and the negatives are that bad pitchers seem to be unhappy with the fact that they’re pitching less.

Showalter on Rodriguez: “He’s a guy that really graduated” (MASN)
...to having a 36.00 ERA in MLB after one outing.

Trey Mancini on his great catch, plus other notes and quotes (MASN)
Let’s go back and think about something happy that happened on Friday night.

Sunday notes: Vision and data fuel opportunity for Tommy Pham (Fangraphs)
Some remarks from Zach Britton about spin rate are in this article.

It’s time for Jonathan Schoop to start receiving some AL Most Valuable Player buzz (Baltimore Baseball)
It’s definitely not time for that, but if you want to hear about it anyway, here’s your article. Schoop’s season is very exciting, though.

Birthdays and anniversaries

There are a few former Orioles with birthdays today. They are: One-time invisible man Troy Patton, 1987-90 utility man Rene Gonzales, 1956 bullpen guy Morrie Martin, and 1956-57 reliever Sandy Consuegra.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Your birthday buddies for today include: Irish-Canadian painter Paul Kane (1810), Porsche founder Ferdinand Porsche (1875), Taco Bell founder Glen Bell (1923), singer-songwriter Andrew McMahon (1982), and snowboarder Shaun White (1986).

On this day in history...

In 1260, the Mamluk Sultanate defeated a Mongol army in the Battle of Ain Jalut in Palestine. This marked the first big defeat dealt to the Mongols, and the maximum of expansion of their Empire.

In 1783, the American Revolutionary War came to an end with the Americans and British signing the Treaty of Paris, in which American independence was recognized.

In 1879, Afghan soldiers attacked the British Residency in Kabul, leading to the death of envoy Sir Louis Cavagnari and 72 members of the Corps of Guides.

In 1939, World War II was underway in earnest as the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and France declared war on Germany in response to the invasion of Poland. The UK and France also began a naval blockade of Germany.

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And that’s the way it is in Birdland on September 3 - or at least, until something happens later, although nobody says that you’re going to like it. Have a safe Sunday. Go Orioles!