The Orioles are without John Means for at least a year after his surgery

Hello friends.

The Orioles are now three-game losers after losing 5-2 to the Yankees last night. They sit at 6-12 on the season, resulting in a 54-108 pace over a full season of games. We’ve seen this record before in recent years, especially in 2019. I hope it gets better by the end of the season. If you’re feeling any better now, the Orioles aren’t the worst, or even the second worst team – that’s the Reds (3-15) and Nationals (6-14). Check out Harrison’s synopsis of the game for the not-so-nice totals.

If there’s any consolation in these early weeks of the 2022 Orioles season, it’s that they haven’t been blown out. The 2021 roster has been blown on 44 of their 110 losses (as defined in Baseball Reference, 5+ runs deficit in a game or worse). That’s a full 40% of the Orioles losses where they were completely destroyed a year ago. So far this season they have been eliminated from exactly one of their twelve defeats. That’s a much better percentage.

Will this condition last? I wouldn’t bet on that, but I’m a notorious pessimist. To me, watching the sad Orioles offensive feels like something lasting. Trey Mancini is plagued by bad luck. Other Orioles, which I am less convinced of, are “due” to have better results along the way. Some things will only improve with a change in personnel.

As for the pitching staff, we can already see that the good result of the first few weeks had a certain illusory quality. Luck has evened out for some assists in this Yankees series, and the O’s pitching staff isn’t faring as well compared to their peers. Perhaps Bruce Zimmerman can keep rolling in the 1:05 game this afternoon as the O’s try to avoid a sweep by the Yankees. Or maybe he’ll just be the last one whose “No Way Is THAT Good” numbers start to even out closer to an expected reality.

One thing that might help you feel a little better given the sorry state of the offensive is that there was a prospect-fueled offensive explosion at some affiliates last night. The following all homered on Wednesday: Gunnar Henderson, Coby Mayo and Jordan Westburg. Considering it’s the Orioles infield that’s particularly devastated on the record, these guys offering hope for the hopefully near future are encouraging.

What would be even nicer would be if the Orioles weren’t so dedicated at the major league level to making sure we can’t forget that the future isn’t here yet.

Around the blogO’sphere

Means has TJ surgery; Rehab to start “immediately” (Orioles.com)
The surgery was yesterday. Mike Elias is optimistic about having Means back for the first half of the 2023 season. It seems like he’s been optimistic about a lot of things lately.

I wonder if Bradish’s delayed next launch means anything for Orioles (School of Roch).
Pitching prospect Kyle Bradish was originally scheduled to start for the Norfolk Tides last night. They moved it to Friday. People, including Roch, are looking at Chris Ellis’ rotation slot, scheduled for Saturday and every fifth game thereafter, and wondering if Bradish is scheduled for it, and if so when.

Introducing the new Orioles Bullpen (FanGraphs)
The folks at FanGraphs noticed that there were some good Orioles Relivers earlier this week! Unfortunately, many of them have had lousy outings since then, so Orioles’ new bullpen doesn’t feel all that new anymore.

In Rotscheman’s view, good things come to those who wait (Baltimore Baseball)
By God, that’s Peter Schmuck’s music! He got in touch with Aberdeen when Adleyutschman’s assignment there started to roll.

Judge denies Nationals motion to order Orioles-controlled MASN to pay $23 million into escrow (The Baltimore Sun)
The lawsuit that could outlive us all is now entering its second decade.

Birthdays and Orioles anniversaries

Today in 1988, the Orioles lost the final losing streak of their MLB-record season opener, 4-2 to the Twins. They went 54-86 for the remainder of the season, putting it at a pace of 62 wins over an entire season.

The last O’s win of the day came six years ago when the team defeated the White Sox 10-2 in 2016. Chris Davis, Mark Trumbo and Manny Machado all scored en route to victory. Machados was a grand slam. Won’t it be fun when the Orioles are funny again?

There are several former Orioles born on this day. These are: 2008 reliever Jim Miller, 2001-03 pitcher Sean Douglass, 1996 reliever Jimmy Myers, 1991-94 reliever Jim Poole, and 1960-65 outfielder Jackie Brandt. Today is Brandt’s 88th birthday, so an extra Happy Birthday to him.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday to you too! Her birthday friends today are: 5th President James Monroe (1758), Movie subject Oskar Schindler (1908), Lamborghini founder Ferruccio Lamborghini (1916), Novelist Harper Lee (1926), Actress Ann-Margret (1941), Baseball Hall of Famer Barry Larkin (1964) and actress Jessica Alba (1981).

On this day in history…

In 1788, Maryland voted to ratify the United States Constitution, becoming the seventh state to do so.

1973 Pink Floyds The dark side of the moon Reached #1 on the US Billboard 200 chart. The album, which has sold at least 15 million copies in America, was on the charts for a record 962 weeks, or 18.5 years. Second place is Legend: The Best of Bob Marleyactive on the chart for its 727th week, now at number 79. Journey’s Greatest Hits, currently at 84th, has also passed 700 weeks.

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And so it is on April 28th at Birdland. Have a safe Thursday. Go O’s!

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