Baltimore Orioles Daily: Birds hit new low with 0-6 road trip
The Baltimore Orioles couldn’t catch a break in the Golden State, dropping six straight games to the Angels and Athletics.
If the Baltimore Orioles front office wasn’t looking to rebuild before, it is now. After a winless California road trip, the Birds are back on the East Coast, and at 8-26, they’re on pace to finish with just 38 wins, the lowest total in all of baseball.
Things won’t stay this bad for the entire season, but the Orioles’ weekend series against the Oakland Athletics didn’t exactly provide reason for optimism. O’s starters Kevin Gausman and Alex Cobb combined for a 0.60 ERA on Saturday and Sunday, but the lifeless lineup put them on the losing end of both games.
It’s not hard to see why the Birds are struggling. Craig Gentry, he of the .220 on-base percentage, batted leadoff yesterday. The ham-handed Pedro Alvarez is playing third base. Anthony Santander is slashing .202/.245/.315 — which is bad, but not even close to the worst line on the team.
Hopefully, the Birds can exorcise their demons and recharge with today’s off day. With the 11-23 Kansas City Royals next on tap, they have a good opportunity to turn things around this week. Until then, here’s what you might have missed yesterday.
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Something has to give for the Orioles. The question is, when?: With the Orioles at the bottom of the American League dogpile, everyone is waiting for the sell-off to begin. In this piece, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic ponders the Birds’ uncertain future.
Orioles’ Alex Cobb finds form again with second straight quality start in California: After a nightmare start to the year, Cobb’s ERA for the month of May is a handsome 2.25. Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun talks to Cobb, Buck Showalter and Caleb Joseph in this piece on the righty’s recent rebound.
Anthony Santander Hopes To Cement His Place On Orioles: Santander is slashing just .202/.245/.315 this year, but the Birds were obviously taken with his potential when they took him in the 2016 Rule 5 Draft. Here, Rich Dubroff of PressBox quotes Santander on his quest to stay in the big leagues.
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