After another winless road trip (their second already this season), and with a day off, many folks thought the Orioles would make some sort of management or front office shake-up yesterday. HA! Those people haven’t been following the Orioles for very long. We know better.
To those oh, so uplifting links.
Like I said, many expected someone to get the axe yesterday. Most normal organizations would fire somebody if the team got off to the awful start the O’s did. The Orioles are not most, or normal, or even that organized. Dan Connolly runs down the list of potential sacrificial lambs, saying each would maybe – but probably wouldn’t – be fired.
Jake and Scott treat us to perhaps the most depressing Bird’s Eye View twisted tune to date, go through an inspired segment appropriately titled “Cellar Notes” in trying to figure out how in the hell THIS is the worst O’s team they’ve ever seen, and more.
Let’s break up the awful with a speck of good, shall we? Richard Bleier has continued to be ridiculously reliable. Matt Kremnitzer of Camden Depot just can’t get enough of ol’ Rich, and it’s hard to blame him. Especially right now.
Britt Ghiroli answers some questions, including the one that’s on everyone’s mind. I thought this was an interesting point, by Mike Petriello:
The Orioles probably should have traded Machado over the winter — I had them #5 in the East entering the year — but it also seems they shouldn't wait until July 31. Adding ~60 or so games to him makes him more valuable.
I think LAD is out, tbh. MIL? TOR? ATL? CHC? Go nuts.
— Mike Petriello (@mike_petriello) May 7, 2018
They’ll get MORE for Manny right now than they will at the end of July. Just do it, man. Rip off the damn band-aid.
Let’s end on a high(ish) note, since we’re not total masochists (though you’d never know it from the choices we make – like what MLB team to cheer for). Our own Andrew Stetka, in his weekly MASN guest column, praises Kevin Gausman and Dylan Bundy, who at least give us some small reason to tune in two out of every five nights.
A little housekeeping note: Unless things turn around, we’ll probably do these links on Tuesdays and Thursdays going forward, rather than on Monday/Wednesday/Friday. It works better with my schedule anyway, and throw in the fact that finding ~15 things about these Orioles that fans actually WANT to read per week is getting harder and harder? Continuing the current schedule made about as much sense as well…keeping the current front office and coaching staff on hand. Luckily for you, ESR isn’t the Orioles. We let our editorial folks actually make editorial decisions.