Good morning, Camden Chatters.
Effectively, we’ve reached that dreary stretch of the baseball season, the place the O’s are stumbling by way of one lifeless loss after one other, devoid of power, missing a spark. Hey, it occurs in these canine days of summer season, when gamers are hitting the wall and exhausted from the grind of the lengthy season.
(handed a be aware from off-screen)
Wait, it’s solely April?!?! Hoo boy.
The Orioles are solely 13 video games into their 162-game schedule, and already they’re trying discouragingly just like the noncompetitive cellar dweller that nearly each pundit predicted them to be. It appears like 4 years in the past that they swept the Red Sox within the opening sequence in Boston. (It most likely appears like 4 years in the past for the Pink Sox, too, contemplating they’ve gained 9 of 10 video games since then.)
There’s nothing like a 1-6 homestand to place a damper on any good vibes O’s followers had been feeling after that opening street journey. Their closing ignominy was getting swept in a doubleheader yesterday by a nondescript Mariners staff whose roster features a bunch of names that sound fully made up. Ljay Newsome. Ty France. Winn Spain. Will Vest. Drew Steckenrider. Chad Garfenflooger. (OK, I did really make up two of these. However which two? Who can say for certain?)
The principle perpetrator within the Orioles’ skid has been their offense, which was as soon as projected to be, if not a energy, then not less than a midway succesful side of the membership. As a substitute, the crew managed simply seven hits and three runs in 14 innings of play yesterday. Mark Brown recapped the 4-2 defeat in the opener, and Alex Church detailed the 2-1 finale loss.
Virtually no one within the O’s lineup is hitting proper now, moreover Cedric Mullins, and even he went 0-for-6 within the doubleheader. DJ Stewart is the one Oriole apart from Mullins with an OPS above .700, however he’s performed simply six video games. Virtually your entire O’s infield — Trey Mancini, Rio Ruiz, and Freddy Galvis — is hitting under the Mendoza line, as is Probability Sisco.
It’s very early, however issues are ugly proper now. The excellent news is that the offense is sure to get not less than just a little higher — the regulation of averages suggests they gained’t all underperform all yr. Nonetheless, Orioles followers ought to brace themselves for what may very well be an extended season.
Orioles swept in doubleheader; Zimmermann allows 2 home runs; Offense gets just 3 hits – BaltimoreBaseball.com
Wealthy Dubroff notes that the Orioles are 2-10 in doubleheader video games since they had been shortened to seven innings final season. I suppose the O’s are similar to, “Seven innings isn’t actual baseball, so we’re not even gonna strive.” That is my idea and I’m sticking to it.
Hyde on Kremer, Sceroler and celebrating Jackie Robinson Day – School of Roch
To not be misplaced within the Orioles’ uninspired play on the sector is that yesterday was Jackie Robinson Day. Brandon Hyde supplied his ideas on the special occasion and what it means to his membership.
What the Orioles and Manny Machado taught the Rockies about a Trevor Story trade – The Athletic
Proper now there’s a staff having a awful season who could think about placing their famous person, free-agent-to-be shortstop on the commerce market. Sound acquainted? Dan Connolly and Nick Groke focus on whether or not the 2021 Rockies may study a factor or two from the 2018 Orioles.
Trey Mancini’s glove rips on play – Orioles.com
Even the Orioles’ tools is having a tough go of it proper now, as Trey Mancini’s busted glove can attest.
Orioles birthdays and historical past
Is right this moment your birthday? Comfortable birthday! You may have two O’s birthday buddies, together with one who’s nonetheless lively within the majors: Richard “Massive Dick” Bleier (34), whose nickname, surprisingly, isn’t listed in Baseball Reference. Bleier posted a 3.15 ERA in components of 4 years with the Orioles earlier than being traded to the Marlins early final season. He’s off to a shaky begin with Miami this season, with a 5.68 ERA and three dwelling runs allowed in 6.1 innings. Additionally born on today was catcher Sergio Robles (75), who performed 10 video games for the Orioles in 1972-73.
On this date in 1967, Orioles left-hander Steve Barber carried a no-hitter into the ninth inning towards the Angels, however had it damaged up on a one-out double by Jim Fregosi, settling for a one-hit shutout. (Precisely two weeks later, Barber really would throw a no-hitter, with assist from reliever Stu Miller, however the O’s misplaced the sport.)
On today in 1972, following a two-week gamers’ strike that delayed the season, the Orioles performed their season opener in wet, depressing situations in Baltimore, beating the Yankees, 3-1. The sport was known as within the backside of the seventh after the sector grew to become too waterlogged.
And on this date in 2012, the O’s pulled off a thrilling comeback in Chicago, turning a late three-run deficit right into a 10-4, extra-innings win. Trailing the White Sox 4-1 within the eighth, the O’s received one nearer on a Matt Wieters homer, then tied the sport within the ninth on solo photographs by Nolan Reimold and Adam Jones. The Birds then rallied for six runs within the tenth, capped by an emphatic grand slam by Wieters. It was the primary of what would grow to be 16 consecutive extra-innings victories for the Orioles that season.