Seventeen consecutive defeats! Even in my darkest dreams about the 2021 Orioles season, I couldn’t have imagined this, and yet, here we are. While I know the O’s really suck, there is still something amazing about this consecutive lollipop.
I think I understand the poor Baltimore radio personality who responded to the O’s losing streak in 1988 by saying he would sleep in the studio until the team won a game. Looks like they should finally get lucky, doesn’t it? Except even the 1988 Orioles had two future Hall of Fame members in Cal Ripken Jr. and Eddie Murray, as well as a few other interesting hitters in Joe Orsulak and Mickey Tettleton. The 2021 O’s might have a few other interesting hitters, but they sure don’t have the future HOF guys.
I will not make any bold bet. I’m just going to endure defeat from my couch, half-paying attention when things are bad and trying to notice who’s doing well in the rare moments when it does.
It was the American League’s worst consecutive losing streak in a decade, with the 2011 Mariners also losing 17 straight games. He’s tied for the worst losing streak in MLB of 2021 – the Arizona Diamondbacks had a 17-game losing streak earlier in the year.
Next came the Tigers’ 19-game losing streak in 2005. Until last night, the Orioles had lost each game by two or more points, which brought their “last since” to the 1876 Cincinnati Red Stockings. This Cincinnati team, at least, won’t see their record matched. The Orioles lost only by one last night.
The 2021 O’s are now on track to end the season with a 50-112 record. It’s a disaster. It will only take one victory to end it, but how are they going to get the victory? The pitch has collapsed, and on the few games where it’s not completely horrible, they can’t hit enough. They close the series against Atlanta at 1:05 today, so tune in to find out how they blow this one up. John Means and Touki Toussaint are the planned starting pitchers.
Around the blogO’sphere
Elias on Rutschman, Diaz, the September expansion and more (Roch School)
With the Orioles mired in that terrible losing streak, Mike Elias had a 20-minute session with the Orioles reporters yesterday. One exciting little development is that Grayson Rodriguez could end up getting a few AAA starts before the end of the season.
The orioles move Lopez to the bullpen; Hunter Harvey Update (Baltimore Baseball)
Since last night, Jorge López is in the box of the relievers of the O and out of the rotation. Who takes their next turn? It’s a mystery for now.
COVID, low attendance reduced Orioles’ record payments to stadium authority, records show (The Baltimore Sun)
When the Orioles don’t attract fans, the Maryland Stadium Authority receives less rent.
O’s draft pick shapes his game after Cedric Mullins (Steve Melewski)
You might be surprised, as I was, to learn that a 2021 draft pick cites Mullins as an example to emulate. I love what Mullins has done this year, it looks just fresh enough to already inspire a college player! Fourth round Donta ‘Williams is Mullins’ new fan in the organization.
Birthdays and anniversaries Orioles
Today, in 1966, Andy Etchebarren dove into a pool that Frank Robinson had fallen into and was drowning in, saving the slugger.
In 2007, the Orioles and Rangers played the infamous 30-3 game. I remain amazed that a number of bad Orioles teams since – including this one – haven’t managed to do as bad or worse than 30-3.
There are a few ancient Orioles who were born on this day. They are five-game pitcher Randy Wolf in 2012, reliever Steve Kline in 2005 and eight-game outfielder in 1955 Angelo Dagres.
Is it your birthday today? Happy birthday! Your birthday friends for today are: pressure cooking inventor Denis Papin (1647), composer Claude Debussy (1862), author Ray Bradbury (1920), go-go musician Chuck Brown ( 1936), baseball player Carl Yastrzemski (1939), TV man David Chase (1945), musician Tori Amos (1963) and TV chief Giada de Laurentiis (1970).
On this day in history …
In 1485, Richard III and his army in York were defeated at the Battle of Bosworth Field. Richard was killed in battle, ending the Plantagenet dynasty, which was replaced by the Tudor dynasty founded by Henry Tudor, then Duke of Richmond.
In 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt appeared in public in an automobile, becoming the first president to do so.
In 1941, Nazi Germany besieged the Soviet city of Leningrad. The siege has not been broken for more than two years, and with high estimates of 5.5 million victims, it is the deadliest siege in world history.
And that’s how it is at Birdland on August 22. Have a good Saturday. Come on the O’s!