The Birds can’t even manage to win two of three from the “hey, we got rid of all our good players and we’re openly trying to be awful!” Miami Marlins at HOME over the weekend, so the season of misery rolls on as scheduled. The O’s did win one game, on Sunday, Father’s Day. In a nice bit of dark symmetry, that was their first home win since MOTHER’S DAY! In between, they lost 11 straight at OPACY, tying a franchise record.
And how are things going in the front office? Well, let’s hear from one guy who has toiled under the Angelos regime in the past:
2007 – #Orioles VP of Baseball Ops @Jim_Duquette and GM Mike Flanagan are given just two hours notice before the team hires Andy MacPhail.@Jim_Duquette on how the latest rumors about Ned Colletti in Baltimore seem awfully familiar: pic.twitter.com/z1gF4OaCvX
— MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM (@MLBNetworkRadio) June 18, 2018
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To some links.
Let’s start with something uplifting, shall we? Álvaro Enrigue penned a gorgeous piece in ESPN the Magazine about his time growing up in Mexico, losing his favorite baseball team when he was 10 (many old Baltimore Colts fans can relate), and then falling in love with the Orioles of 1983 and passing that love onto his son. Take some time out of your day and remember why baseball is great.
Back to your regularly scheduled darkest timeline…
The Birds’ former top prospect was scratched before Sunday’s game. We heard at the time that he was ill. Then, after the game, he was demoted to AAA Norfolk. Camden Chat’s Tyler Young tries to make sense of it, but there really is no good explanation. If we’re just trying to get a photo op of the Joseph brothers playing together, demote Austin Wynns for a few days. Has Sisco’s bat been disappointing? Sure. But he is hardly alone in that regard. Get him as many ABs as possible in this lost season.
Maybe some team will overwhelm the Birds with an offer for Dylan Bundy, but I’d be shocked – and sad – if he were to be dealt. Jim Palmer said it better than I can:
Interesting read. I’d trade Gausman before Bundy because more cost effective for team. Ideally, I want to keep both but I think that ship has sailed #salarymath @masnOrioles @Orioles https://t.co/2A4udmOXR6
— Jim Palmer (@Jim22Palmer) June 18, 2018
Slightly lost amidst the “Is Chris Davis Having the Worst Season Ever” talk is just how awful Jonathan Schoop has been in 2018. He isn’t hitting the ball as hard, he’s walking less and swinging more, and the best we can hope for is that his oblique injury is simply lingering. Matt Kremnitzer of Camden Depot has the gory details.
Jake asked me to pinch hit for Scott on BEV this week, but unfortunately I was unable to. Lucky you! Instead of listening to me, you can hear our own Andrew Stetka on this week’s show. I’m jealous I wasn’t able to participate in Ghosts of Orioles Past – Fond Memories Edition.
Please don’t get swept by the Gnats…again. Please?