It’s time for the Orioles to win some home games
Hello, Camden Chatters.
After a week on the road, the Orioles are back in Baltimore for seven games starting tonight. I don’t know if I should write this with joy or with dread.
The Birds’ two road trips this year were successful as they just completed a 3-2 trek through Arlington and Miami and opened the season with a 4-2 jaunt to Boston and New York. But their only previous homestand was a disaster, a 1-6 effort against the Red Sox and Mariners that cast cold water on O fans’ long-awaited return to Camden Yards.
It would be up to the Orioles to start winning home games, but it won’t be easy. Their first game is against the hottest team in baseball, the Oakland Athletics, winner of 11 straight games. During that streak, the A’s outscored their opponents by an incredible 71-33 margin, and four of their last six wins have been shutouts (although they gave up 12 points in their last game, ultimately winning a 13-12 fight when the Twins made two consecutive errors at the bottom of the 10. Come on, Twins!).
The Orioles have enough trouble against the Athletics even when they’re not scorching. The last time the two teams met, in 2019, the A’s won six of the seven games. The year before, they had won five of six. (How long was the Orioles last win over Oakland? Their winning pitcher was Andrew Cashner, and other O’s to appear in the game included Jimmy Yacabonis, Jesus Sucre, Joey Rickard, and Nate Karns.)
So this three-game weekend streak might not be the Orioles’ best opportunity to leave the schneid. After that, however, they’ll stage four games against the Yankees, who until yesterday were the worst team in the American League (again … at, Twins!). While the O’s have been constantly roughed up by the Yankees over the past three years, the upcoming series could be a golden opportunity for the Birds to get revenge, add to the Yankees’ misery and ultimately win a few games at home while they’re there. It’s win-win-win.
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Birthdays and History of the Orioles
Is it your birthday today? Happy Birthday! Three former Orioles were born that day, though they combined for just 37 games in an O uniform: 2009 southpaw Sean Henn, who turns 40, and late field Chico Fernandez ( born 1939, died 2020) and Buddy Peterson (born. 1925, died 2006).
On that day in 1994, Hall of Fame’s closest-future Lee Smith made his ninth stoppage of the season in just the Orioles’ game-record 16, an MLB record. Smith slammed the door with a perfect ninth inning against the Mariners in a 4-3 O’s win. He would end April with 12 saves and a 0.00 ERA in the Orioles’ first 23 games.
And on that date in 2006, Miguel Tejada went 4-for-4 against the Yankees … and the rest of the O’s roster went a combined 0-for-27. This was only the third time in MLB history that a player had four hits while the rest of his team were unsuccessful. The Orioles lost 7-1 to Hall of Famers Randy Johnson and Mariano Rivera.