Hello, Camden Chatters.
With the rubber game of their three-game set enjoying last night, the Orioles and Blue Jays will have to wait until September’s roster to determine bragging rights for their final streak. Tonight, the O’s begin their final streak before the all-star break, a three-game home game against the White Sox, who managed a four-game sweep in Chicago when the two clubs met in late May.
In the meantime, the Orioles continued their ever-present churn last night, calling out former Giants and Twins right-hander Shaun Anderson, whom they claimed on waivers last week, while sending Zac Lowther back to Triple-A Norfolk. If Anderson enters a game for the Orioles this weekend – and given how often the O’s reliever pen is on duty, there’s a good chance he does – he’ll become the 47th. player to make an appearance for the Orioles in the first half of this season.
Forty-seven players before the All-Star break. It’s a feat, and not particularly good. The Orioles’ extreme lack of depth caused them to throw a bunch of stuff up against the wall and see what sticks. Very few so far, especially on the pitching side, where Anderson would be the 30th different pitcher used by the Orioles this season (if you include the pitching performances of infielders Pat Valaika and Stevie Wilkerson). Ten players who have been on the squad this season are no longer on the Birds’ 40-man roster, and four guys from the opening day roster – Rio Ruiz, Chance Sisco, Mac Sceroler and Wade LeBlanc – no longer do everything. The Orioles are constantly changing their roster, but no improvements have been found.
The O’s are set to break the club’s record of 58 used in one season, set in 2019, Mike Elias’ first year in Baltimore. There’s also a good chance they’ll set a franchise record for most players to make their major league debuts in a season. They are currently at 11; the record is 14, set in 1955, the Orioles’ second year in Baltimore.
One thing is for sure: Baltimore is the land of opportunity for almost any player with a pulse, no matter how dashing they can be. Whether it’s a major league mate coming to town to keep his big league career going longer, or a longtime minor leaguer who is finally having a cup of coffee in the show, the Orioles give everyone a chance.
Except Jahmai Jones, apparently. Come on, what’s a guy to do?
Orioles trade deadline 2021 candidates – Orioles.com
If Joe Trezza’s predictions are correct, expect a very calm trade deadline for the Orioles. Unless you consider a Paul Fry trade to be a major splash.
Home Run Derby another feather in the eighth round cap – School of Roch
There are never too many articles on the awesomeness of Trey Mancini, so here’s another one to enjoy.
Dodgers: 3 Orioles LAD players should consider trading for – Dodgers Way
I never would have expected Cesar Valdez’s name to be mentioned as a possible commercial target by anyone, but this Dodgers blogger seems intrigued enough by his patented ‘dead fish’ to consider kicking it. to the tires.
Myriad Orioles Thoughts: The Matt Harvey Problem; exchange chip chips; the fragility of the pitcher – The Athletic
Dan Connolly looks at Matt Harvey’s disaster and how the Orioles rightfully might not have better options than he does right now. What a truly pathetic situation. (My words, not Connolly’s.)
2021 MVP and LVP, Cy Youngs and Cy Yuks: Jayson Stark’s mid-season MLB awards – the athletic
Bonus Sports Content: You’ll never guess who Stark names his AL Cy Yuk for the first half. … This is a lie. You will easily guess.
Birthdays and History of the Orioles
Is it your birthday today? Happy Birthday! The only Oriole born that day was 1981 right-hander Steve Luebber (72), who played seven games with a 7.56 ERA.
The Orioles have played very good baseball so far, going 32-18. Two of those wins came one day in 1959, when two 20-year-old pitchers – Milt Pappas and Jerry Walker – threw shutouts at both ends of a doubles program against the Senators.
And on that day in 2010, the Orioles scored a miraculous comeback victory in Texas. Led by four points in the ninth, the O’s tied in a two-strikeout and two-strike grand slam from Corey Patterson against eventual Rookie of the Year winner Neftali Feliz, then took the lead on a home run from Jake. Fox in the 10th. (Six future Orioles played in that game for the Rangers: Vladimir Guerrero, Nelson Cruz, Chris Davis, Scott Feldman, Darren O’Day and Pedro Strop.) It was the second win in what became a stunning four sweep. The Rangers played first by the Orioles, who had the worst record in baseball. Go figure it out.