To say the Baltimore Orioles are having a bad season would be an understatement. But on Tuesday, they lost 6-4 to the Toronto Blue Jays. And in dong so, fell for the 108th time on the season. 108. That’s a team record — their most in a season since moving to Baltimore in 1954.
For what it’s worth, manager Buck Showalter knows things can change quickly.
“You’re either playing in October or you’re not,” he said via AP following the loss. “But these types of things make people think how far away you are. Like I said before, those things can change quickly. A lot of things can get better.”
They sure can, but there’s no quick fix for 108 losses. Chris Davis is nearly unplayable. They no longer have the likes of Manny Machado, Jonathan Schoop and Kevin Gausman. The pitchers they do have aren’t living up to their potential. The list goes on and on. After an 0-21 start in 1988, the Orioles would finish 54-107. That “record” stood until Tuesday night.
But would you believe that’s not the overall franchise record?
That belongs to the 1939 St. Louis Browns, who lost 111 games that season. With 11 games left in their season, there’s a pretty good chance they eclipse that mark as well.
“The season ain’t over yet, so I haven’t really wrapped my head around it yet,” starter Dylan Bundy adds. “I haven’t really thought about it too much. Just try to show up to work every day and get better.”
Will they at least be able to finish the season on a high note? And if they do, does it even matter?