Baltimore Orioles Daily: Birds swept by Jays, fall to 48-win pace
After four straight losses to the mediocre Blue Jays, the Baltimore Orioles are 19-45, putting them on a historically bad pace.
The Baltimore Orioles continued their road struggles over the weekend, dropping four straight games to the Toronto Blue Jays. The third-place Jays dominated Buck Showalter’s squad from the very start, finishing the series with an eye-popping 27-11 run differential.
The Birds turned in their worst performance of the weekend on Sunday. Alex Cobb took a big step backward with his worst start of the year, surrendering nine earned runs in less than four innings, while reliever Pedro Araujo caused some damage of his own, surrendering four runs in the very next frame.
The Birds got home runs from Trey Mancini and Jonathan Schoop, but ultimately, the least productive offense in the American League didn’t stand a chance of making up the deficit. The final score was 13-3, good for one of Baltimore’s most lopsided losses of the year.
On pace for just 48 wins, it feels appropriate to say that the Birds have finally reached rock bottom — and yet, the team appears less competent by the day. They’ll try to stop the bleeding as they travel to Boston for a three-game series with the Red Sox, set to start tonight at 7:05 p.m. Until then, here’s what you might have missed yesterday.
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