Orioles prepare to take on Braves in first trip to SunTrust Park

ATLANTA — The Orioles will continue their six game interleague road trip this weekend with a three game set against the Atlanta Braves. Earlier this week the O’s dropped two of three against Washington. This didn’t come as too much of a surprise but it did mark the first time since 2007 that the Orioles have lost their season series to the Nationals.

In a season full of disappointment and frustration, this coming series against Atlanta might be one of the toughest to watch for O’s fans. Not because of the Orioles terrible offense and inconsistent pitching, but because of who is in the opposing dugout.

Nick Markakis currently finds himself in the middle of a career year at the age of 34. It also marks the final season of his four year deal with the Braves. These past four seasons have been filled with regret for the O’s as Markakis has continued to be a consistent force in the Atlanta lineup and almost seems to be getting better with age.

Markakis is batting .323 with 44 RBI’s and just 32 strikeouts so far this season. On top of all of this is the fact that the veteran right fielder will most likely be making the All-Star Game for the first time in his career. The accomplishment is long overdue but if there was ever a year where he was deserving, it’s 2018

Last meeting: These two teams have not met since 2015 when Markakis made his return to Camden Yards for the first time in a different uniform. The Orioles ended up walking away from that series with a three game sweep.

Game Times and Pitching Matchups:

Game 1: Friday, June 22, 7:35 pm – Alex Cobb (2-9, 7.14 ERA) vs Sean Newcomb (8-2, 2.70 ERA) – MASN 2, 105.7 The Fan

Game 2: Saturday, June 23, 4:10 pm – Dylan Bundy (5-7, 3.81 ERA) vs Julio Teheran (5-4, 3.97 ERA) – MASN 2, 105.7 The Fan

Game 3: Sunday, June 24, 1:35 pm – David Hess (2-3, 4.82 ERA) vs Mike Foltynewicz (5-4, 2.16 ERA) – MASN, 105.7 The Fan

Notes on Orioles:

  • Adam Jones has been exceptional so far this season against national league opponents. Up until Thursday’s game against Washington, Jones had recorded at least one hit in every interleague game so far this season. Overall, Jones is batting .367 with one home run and four RBI’s in 12 interleague games so far this year.
  • Darren O’Day and Zach Britton both made their return to the O’s bullpen early this month. So far both have been able to jump back in and be highly effective. The duo has combined to strikeout 12 while throwing a little over eight scoreless innings since June 10.

Notes on Braves:

  • Markakis isn’t the only Braves player on a tear right now. Freddie Freeman should definitely be on the radar of every Orioles pitcher since he is also on his way to a career year at the plate. Freeman and Markakis both currently lead the national league in hits with 93 each.
  • The Braves will be happy to get Mike Foltynewicz back for this series. The Atlanta starter hit the ten day disabled list this past Sunday but he appears ready to return to the rotation this weekend. Foltynewicz is off to the best start of his career, with a 5-4 record and a 2.16 ERA through his first 14 starts.

Image credit: Carolyn Kaster / AP

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Series Recap: Orioles lose two of three in D.C. to open up six-game road trip

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A 3-0 win on Wednesday gave the Orioles their second victory in three days, but it was not enough to win them another series as the Birds dropped two of three at Nationals Park, leaving D.C. 21-52 overall.

Game 1 (9-7 WSH): Check out Nolan McGraw’s full recap of game 1 here.

Game 2 (3-0 BAL): The Orioles registered their fourth shutout win of the season, limiting the Nationals to five hits. Making his return off the 10-day disabled list from a back injury, Andrew Cashner cruised through the first four innings, allowing just three hits and striking out two. In the second inning, Jonathan Schoop singled to lead off the inning, and then Mark Trumbo crushed his fifth home run of the season to left field to give the Birds a 2-0 lead.

Unfortunately after the fourth inning, some rain/inclement weather conditions delayed the game for two hours and 43 minutes, which actually eclipsed the total duration of the game, which was two hours and 34 minutes. When the fifth inning finally began around 10:50 pm, the Orioles were retired 1-2-3. But in the sixth, Adam Jones hit a leadoff double and advanced to third on a Manny Machado fly-out to Bryce Harper. Harper also caught Danny Valencia‘s ensuing fly-out, but Jones scored the third and final run of the ballgame, giving the Orioles a 3-0 lead they would not lose.

The Nationals threatened twice in the final four innings, but went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position, leaving nine on-base. Against Miguel Castro in the sixth, Juan Soto and Anthony Rendon walked with one out, but Harper popped out to Machado and Daniel Murphy grounded out back to Castro for the final two outs. In the ninth following a line-out by Harper, Michael A. Taylor and Trea Turner singled off Brad Brach, who came into the inning after Zach Britton retired Harper. Wilmer Difo lined out to Schoop for the second out, but then Brach loaded the bases by walking Brian Goodwin. Mark Reynolds represented the potential winning run for Washington, but struck out looking on a 94-mph Brach fastball to give the O’s their second win in three games.

Game 3 (4-2 WSH): Hours after being activated off the 60-day disabled list (left hip flexor strain), Colby Rasmus, batting sixth and playing right field, hit a solo home run off Max Scherzer to put the Orioles up 1-0 in the top of the second inning. It was Rasmus’s first home run since May 27, 2017, when Rasmus was a member of the Tampa Bay Rays.

In Washington’s half of the third inning, Difo led off with a single, and then Pedro Severino doubled to advance Difo to third. Scherzer followed that by striking out, and then Harper got Difo home on a fly ball to Jace Peterson in left field, tying the game at one.

The Orioles did not take long to get their lead back. In the top of the fourth, Mark Trumbo added his sixth home run of 2018, this one to centerfield. This marks Trumbo’s first career homer versus Scherzer in 16 at-bats.

In the Nationals’ portion of the sixth inning, Rendon hit the third home run of the game, and the first for Washington with a solo shot to centerfield, again with Gausman pitching. Gausman ended up exiting after the sixth inning, allowing two runs on four hits, four walks, and three strikeouts in his 15th start of the season.

After Gausman’s exit, Mychal Givens entered to pitch the seventh inning. Givens allowed Difo to hit a leadoff triple, but got Severino to ground out and Murphy to hit into an inning-ending 9-2 double play. Murphy hit a line-out to Rasmus in right field. Rasmus hurled the ball to Caleb Joseph at the plate, who applied the tag on Difo to get Givens out of it.

An inning later, Givens would not find similar success. The first hitter of the inning, Harper, doubled to get the newest Washington threat going. Harper shifted over to third when Turner singled to Jones in centerfield. After Givens struck out Rendon, Soto doubled to Peterson, scoring both Harper and Turner. Closer Sean Doolittle retired the side in the ninth, recording his 20th save of the season.

Up next: The Orioles continue their road trip in Atlanta against the Braves in what marks the O’s first time playing at Suntrust Park since the stadium’s inception in 2017. The Orioles will see a familiar face in Atlanta, Nick Markakis, who as of Jun. 19 led All-Star Game voting for National League outfielders. Markakis has never been named to an All-Star Game in his now 13-year career.

The Orioles have not played the Braves since 2015 when the Birds swept Atlanta in a three-game July series at Camden Yards. Friday’s game begins at 7:35, Saturday’s start time is 4:10, and first pitch for Sunday is slated for 1:35.

Image Credit: Carolyn Kaster, Baltimore Sun

Orioles can’t hold on to early lead, drop series opener to Nationals 9-7

WASHINGTON, D.C — After salvaging a win over the Marlins on Sunday, the Orioles (20-50) made a trip down the beltway to face the Washington Nationals (38-32). When these teams met back in late May, the Nationals walked away with a sweep. The O’s interleague rival picked up where they left off and won Tuesday’s series opener 9-7 thanks to some timely offense. The win also secured the Nationals first season series victory over the O’s since 2007.

The Orioles got shutout twice in that previous series but came out of the gates on Tuesday looking to makeup for it. Thanks to a pair of two-run homers by Jace Peterson and Trey Mancini, the O’s were able to take a 4-1 lead in the fourth. The Birds added a fifth in the following inning by taking what Nationals starter Jefry Rodriguez was giving them.

Rodriguez, who was making his first major league start, wasn’t finding much success early on. He completely lost control in the fifth by walking David Hess and Peterson to start the inning. Rodriguez could not get settled in after this and proceeded to hit Adam Jones in the next at bat to load the bases.

The Orioles should have gotten more out of this situation, but Manny Machado grounded into a double play. The at bat managed to bring Hess home but it also quickly put an end to a potentially big inning. As the game progressed, this developed into an even bigger missed opportunity.

Hess was stout early on in his start and looked like he was on his way to a quality start. However, the 24-year-old rookie ended up falling apart in the fifth. Just like Rodriguez did in the top of the fifth, Hess opened the inning by loading the bases. Hess had a little breathing room to work with, but that was erased fairly quickly after giving up a two-RBI single to Adam Eaton.

The Nats grabbed another two runs with a sacrifice fly by Anthony Rendon and a double by Bryce Harper. Just like that, the game was tied and Hess’ night came to an end.

The O’s offense didn’t waste any time getting the lead back in the sixth but once again there was a big missed opportunity as Jonathan Schoop led off the inning with a triple. Later in the inning Mancini hit a ground ball back to the mound and Schoop got caught in a rundown. The Orioles loaded the bases once again but only managed to push one run across with a fielder’s choice.

This slim lead would not last long in the hands of the O’s inconsistent bullpen. Tanner Scott entered the game to pitch the seventh but the Nationals batters continued to dominate at the plate. A two-RBI double by Rendon gave Washington the lead once again and they would continue to pile on runs after chasing Scott out of the game. Mike Wright was brought in to try to put out the fire but that didn’t go over well. Wright doesn’t often find himself in these high leverage situations, and for good reason.

As you might expect, Wright was not able to escape the inning without giving up two additional runs. One was credited to Scott but it doesn’t really matter as both relievers failed to maintain the lead the offense had given them.

The O’s went into the final two innings down 9-6 and that was just too much for the offense to overcome. Joey Rickard‘s solo homer made it a 9-7 game in the ninth, but that was all the offense could muster. Nationals closer Sean Doolittle recovered from the mistake and managed to finish off the inning for his 19th save of the year.

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Series Preview: Orioles vs Nationals

WASHINGTON- The Baltimore Orioles head to DC to take on the Washington Nationals in a three game set at Nationals Park starting Tuesday evening in the Nation’s Capital. It is the first series in what will be a six game road trip for the Orioles who will head to Atlanta for a three game set after the series against their Beltway rivals.

The Orioles (20-50) will look to build off of a 10-4 victory against the Miami Marlins on Sunday.  Dylan Bundy (5-7, 3.81ERA) recorded the win for the Birds going six innings giving up four earned runs run on five hits while striking out five and walking just two.  The Orioles dropped two of three to the Marlins. Check out the series recap by Nolan McGraw for further details.

The Nationals (38-32) come into the contest after splitting a game and a half with the New York Yankees on Monday night.  The Nationals and the Yankees resumed a May 15 game that was suspended due to rain and the Nationals took that game 5-3.  The Yankees took game two of the unconventional match up 4-2.

Last Meeting: In the last meeting of the Battle of the Beltway, the Nationals recorded a three game sweep of the Orioles in Baltimore from May 28-30.  The Nationals took game one of that set 6-0 with Gio Gonzalez going 7.2 innings to pick up the win for the Nats.  Game two of the series saw the Nationals victorious 3-2 with former Orioles Mark Reynolds and Jeremy Hellickson leading the way.  The Nationals completed the three game sweep with a 2-0 shutout led by ace Max Scherzer who went 8.0 innings giving up no runs on two hits while striking out 12.

The Orioles lead the all time series between the two clubs 38-29.

Game Times and Pitching Matchups:

Game 1: Tuesday, June 19, 7:05pm- David Hess (2-3, 4.13ERA) vs. Jefry Rodríguez (0-0, 0.00ERA) –MASN, MASN2 105.7 The Fan

Game 2: Wednesday, June 20, 7:05pm- Andrew Cashner (2-8, 4.98ERA) vs. Gio Gonzalez (6-3, 3.01ERA)-MASN, MASN2, 105.7 The Fan

Game 3: Thursday, June 21, 7:05pm- Kevin Gausman (3-6, 4.48ERA) vs Max Scherzer (10-3, 2.06ERA)- MASN, MASN2, 105.7 The Fan

Notes on Orioles:

  • The Orioles were the last team in Major League Baseball to reach the 20 win plateau with their 10-4 victory over the Marlins on Sunday afternoon. To put that into perspective, Orioles AL East rivals the New York Yankees picked up their 20th win on May 2 and the Boston Red Sox got to that number on April 29.
  • The Orioles are just 9-27 on the road this season which puts them on pace to win just 20 games on the road all season.  That would tie the Orioles with the 2012 Houston Astros for the fewest road wins in a season since 2010.
  • Orioles catcher Chance Sisco was scratched from the line up an hour before the game with a reported illness and has reportedly been optioned to Triple-A Norfolk. Sisco is batting .218 in 47 games played for the Orioles.

Notes on Nationals:

  • Nationals slugger Bryce Harper is struggling in what is the walk year of his contract.  Harper is hitting just .212 on the season and is 1-24 in his last 25 plate appearances.
  •  One of the brightest spots for the Nationals this season has been 19-year-old outfielder Juan Soto.  Soto is hitting .325 with six homers and 14RBI in 25 games played with the big league club.
  • The Nationals pitching staff boasts a 3.38 team ERA which is good for third best in the MLB.

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Podcast Episode 4: Pop the champagne, Chris Davis has been benched!

Welcome to Episode 4 of the new Charm City Bird Watch Podcast with Nolan McGraw and Jake McDonnell. Things sound a little different this week with Nolan hosting the show as Jake enjoys his vacation.

The podcast begins with a look at a few of the famous figures in Baltimore to wear the number four in their career. The guys follow that up by diving right into a few of the big Orioles stories from this past weekend, including Chris Davis being benched and the Orioles interviewing Ned Colletti.

After discussing the tough news surrounding Richard Bleier and his injury, the guys transition into some Ravens talk. Lamar Jackson got the opportunity to run the offense during practice this past Thursday which quickly caught the attention of the national media. Nolan and Jake give their opinions on Jackson’s progress thus far and comment on the media circus forming around the rookie QB and starter, Joe Flacco.

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Orioles extend losing streak to nine before salvaging a win over Marlins in series finale

Game 1 (2-0 MIA): The Orioles came into this weekend’s series with an eight game losing streak, their longest of the season. They were, and still are, extremely down on their luck, but with the struggling Marlins in town there might have been some room cautious optimism.

I know that sounds crazy but consider the fact that just last week the Orioles rallied for a pair of interleague wins over the Mets. Miami isn’t too far off from the Mets in terms of competition. In addition to that, the Orioles would be playing in their home stadium this time, meaning the much needed DH position could be used.

However, this brief moment of optimism was erased pretty quickly in Friday’s series opener. Kevin Gausman was decent enough in his 5.2 innings of work. The O’s starter gave up just two runs on five hits and struck out seven. Completing the sixth inning would have been nice but you can’t complain about that kind of start.

As you should expect at this point, that quality start was completely wasted as the Orioles offense mustered just three hits and never crossed home plate. Jose Urena got the start for the Marlins and ended up turning in his best performance of the season. The 26-year-old starter shut down the O’s with eight strong innings to earn just his second win of the season. The great start not only marks Urena’s deepest of the year, but also the first start this season where he kept the opposing lineup scoreless.

If there was a bright spot for the O’s, it was the bullpen. Four relievers entered the game after Gausman and they combined to give up just two hits in a little over three innings of work. Zach Britton made his second appearance of the season and looked much better than he did earlier this week. While Britton escaped that inning of relief on Tuesday without giving up any runs, he did allow three walks to put himself in a jam. On Friday Britton made quick work of the Marlins to retire the side in order with a pair of strikeouts.

Game 2 (5-4 MIA): The Orioles played another close game on Saturday but came up short once again. The Marlins looked like they might run away with it early after scoring four runs in the first three innings, but the Orioles would eventually make it a close contest. J.T. Realmuto led the scoring effort for Miami with an RBI single in the first and then a two run homer in the third.

In the bottom of the third, Manny Machado cut the Marlins lead in half with a two RBI single. The score remained 4-2 through the fifth but then Realmuto came around and got the best of Alex Cobb once again by launching a solo homer to make it three run game.

The Orioles offense was able to respond once again with a Jonathan Schoop solo home run in the bottom of the sixth. Danny Valencia followed that up with an RBI single in the seventh to cut the Marlins lead to one run, but the comeback would end there for the Orioles.

Brad Ziegler and Drew Steckenrider provided some much needed composure for the Marlins out of the pen. The duo combined to shut down the eighth and ninth innings while securing a win for Miami.

Game 3 (10-4 BAL): After playing from behind in the first two games, the Orioles didn’t waste any time taking the upper hand in Sunday’s series finale. Just like the Marlins did the day before, the O’s lineup was able to take an early 4-0 lead by the end of the third inning.

Jace Peterson got it started in the second inning by sending a ball deep to center field. It sailed over the outfielders heads and landed on the warning track before bouncing over the wall. Luckily for the O’s, this ground rule double didn’t have a negative impact since Mark Trumbo and Jonathan Schoop were both in scoring position to start the at bat.

In the third inning the Orioles added two more runs thanks to an RBI double by Trumbo and an RBI single by Trey Mancini. The two runs would end up being huge considering the O’s started the third with two quick outs. Despite this, the heart of the order managed to pick up three hits, including the two RBI’s, and a walk before ending the inning.

By the end of the fifth the Orioles had captured an impressive 8-1 lead. Adam Jones knocked in two with a double in the fourth and Peterson added another two with a home run in the fifth.

Dylan Bundy was on the mound for the Orioles and looked like he was on pace for a great afternoon. Through five innings Bundy had already received more than enough run support, but also held the Marlins lineup to just one run, which came via a home run by Justin Bour.

Bundy was working at an impressive pace and had kept his pitch count down early on. The sixth inning would stop him in his tracks though. After putting two runners on base to start the inning, Bundy had to face Bour for a third time. Once again the Marlins designated hitter got the best of Bundy and sent a three run homer over the right field wall to make it a 8-4 game.

Bundy’s afternoon came to an end after it took him just shy of 30 pitches to finish off the sixth. With the Marlins threatening again in the seventh, Buck Showalter opted to use three different relievers to get through the inning. Miguel Castro got the inning started but quickly loaded the bases without recording an out. Mychal Givens came in and picked up two outs but was replaced by Tanner Scott with Bour coming up to the plate. The 23-year-old lefty handled the pressure very well and got Bour to strikeout looking.

The O’s offense had already done enough but they still managed to push two more runs across in the late innings. A Mark Trumbo solo homer and RBI single by Manny Machado helped cap off the ten run afternoon for the O’s. Brad Brach and Zach Britton closed out the last two innings with ease to break the Orioles nine game losing streak.

Up Next: The Orioles will take Monday off before making a short trip down the beltway to face the Nationals. When these two teams met at Camden Yards back in late May, Washington walked away with a sweep. These next three games will wrap up the season series between the Nationals and Orioles for 2018. The Nationals only need to win one game for their first season series win over the Orioles since 2007.

Image credit: Patrick Semansky / AP

Series Preview: Orioles welcome Marlins to Baltimore for first time in eight years

BALTIMORE — The Orioles (19-48) have hit rock-bottom. They own the worst record in the Major Leagues and currently find themselves on a seven-game losing streak, tying a season-high. Dating back to their 9-3 win over the Chicago White Sox on May 24, the Orioles have scored three runs or less in 14 of 20 contests. Through 67 games the Orioles are averaging 3.49 runs-per-game, but getting to three runs has been a real challenge for this ball-club.

Now 27 games out of first place in the American League East, the time for a fresh start is long overdue. Most teams in this situation would have already gotten the ball rolling on this process, but Orioles continue to stand pat. No press conference with ownership or management has taken place, no trades have been made, and no one’s been fired. There’s already an alarming amount of empty seats at Camden Yards every night. The longer the front office waits on rebuilding, the longer fans will stay away.

After suffering consecutive divisional series losses to the Blue Jays and Red Sox, the Orioles shift their attention to the National League for the second time second time this month, with the Miami Marlins (26,43, fifth place in National League East) on-deck for three games at Camden Yards beginning on Friday. The good news for the Orioles is that the Marlins rank right at the bottom of the majors in total offense – Miami currently sits 29th overall with 239 runs scored, and the Orioles rank last with 234.

This marks the Marlins’ first trip to Camden Yards since Jun. 22-24, 2010, when the team was still named the “Florida Marlins.” The Marlins took the first two games of that series, 10-4 and 7-5, but the Orioles avoided the sweep with an 11-5 win in game 3.

Here’s the Orioles’ lineup from that 2010 Marlins series opener on Jun. 22.

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Latest on Bleier: During his most recent relief appearance in Wednesday’s 5-1 loss to Boston, Richard Bleier was seen grimacing in pain and holding his left arm after throwing an 89-mph pitch to Eduardo Nunez that resulted in a groundout.

After the injury, Bleier underwent an X-ray and an MRI, but the severity of the injury isn’t known yet. Buck Showalter said after the game that Bleier ‘has all of the characteristics of a lat’ injury, which won’t bode well for him. Lat injuries, especially for pitchers, take months to recover from.

This is a really tough blow for the Orioles’ bullpen. Belier leads the team in appearances this season (31). Out of the relievers that have been with the big league Orioles club all season, Bleier owns the lowest ERA – 1.93 – of the group. He’s only allowed seven earned runs this season on 36 hits, four walks and 15 strikeouts.

When Bleier officially lands on the disabled list, Tanner Scott will likely get recalled and rejoin the Orioles bullpen after being sent down on Jun. 9. Scott was not seen in Triple-A Norfolk’s clubhouse on Thursday.

Last Meeting / All-Time Series: From May 22-24, 2015 at Marlins Park, Miami took two of three from Baltimore. It was the Orioles’ first series played at Marlins Park after the team moved out of Hard Rock Stadium (then Sun Life Stadium) and into their new ballpark prior to the 2012 season. The Birds took the opener 8-5. Manny Machado finished with three RBI on a groundout and a double. Mike Wright tossed seven shutout innings in game 2, allowing three hits and three walks with four strikeouts. Unfortunately, the Orioles got shutout 1-0. Miami took game 3, 5-2 behind 6.1 innings from Tom Koehler, who allowed one run in his start.

The Marlins lead their all-time series with the Orioles, 20-7. The Orioles are 5-7 at Camden Yards versus the Marlins all-time.

Game times and pitching matchups 

Game 1Friday, Jun. 15, 7:05 pm – José Ureña (1-8, 4.59 ERA) vs. Kevin Gausman (3-5, 4.58 ERA) – MASN 2, 105.7 The Fan

Game 2: Saturday, Jun. 16, 4:05 pm – Wei-Yin Chen (1-3, 6.13 ERA) vs. Alex Cobb (2-8, 7.23 ERA) – MASN 2, 105.7 The Fan

Game 3Sunday, Jun. 17, 1:05 pm – Trevor Richards (1-3, 4.41 ERA) vs. Dylan Bundy (4-7, 3.66 ERA) – MASN 2, 105.7 The Fan

Notes on the Marlins:

  • Miami comes into this series winners in six of their last 10 games. The Marlins just wrapped up a 4-3 homestead that included a 3-1 series win over the San Fransisco Giants from Monday to Thursday (6-3 Thursday loss went 16 innings). Like the Orioles, then Marlins are really struggling to pull fans into the ballpark for games. The combined attendance for the four-game Giants series was 27,752. The all-time worst attendance mark at AT&T Stadium, home of the Giants, was 23,934 in May 2009.
  • On Saturday, former Oriole Wei-Yin Chen will pitch against his old team for the first time since leaving in free agency following the 2015 season. Chen spent four seasons with the Orioles, making 117 starts and pitching to a 3.72 ERA. Chen’s ERA since joining the Marlins has gone up to 5.01. Chen made at least 23 starts in all four of his seasons with the Orioles, but since he’s dealt with multiple injuries to his throwing arm that still gave him trouble at the beginning of the season.
  • The Marlins promoted reliever Kyle Barraclough to closer at the end of May. The right-hander is up to 15 consecutive scoreless appearances with four saves in his new role.

Notes on the Orioles:

  • On Jun. 15 in 2010 (O’s began the year 2-16), the Orioles were 18-47 and finished the year 66-96. In 1988 the O’s began the year 0-21, held a 16-47 record on this date, and ended the season 54-107. The current projections have the Orioles losing 116 games, which could land among the worst records in MLB history.
  • Lifetime against the Marlins, Pedro Alvarez is .284 with 33 hits, seven home runs, and 24 RBI in 116 at-bats. Alvarez spent six seasons in the NL with the Pirates and has more exposure to NL pitchers than perhaps anyone in the Orioles’ lineup.
  • Outfielder Cedric Mullins is currently slashing .313 with 63 hits, 12 doubles, six home runs, and 28 RBI in 201 at-bats with Double-A Bowie. How much more Craig Gentry and Joey Rickard do we need to watch?

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