A Prior 5-11 Start in Baltimore Ended in “One of the Most Remarkable Scenes Maybe That You Will Ever See in Sport”

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Where will the 2018 Baltimore Orioles ultimately rank among all O’s teams to start a season 5-11?

A 5-11 start to a season has more often than not ended up on the positive side of the ledger for the Orioles with two such teams compiling 90 or more wins. However, there are also two teams with 90 or more losses in the bunch.

Here are the five other O’s teams to begin the season with a 5-11 record in rank order from best to worst.

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Tim Beckham Almost “Enjoys” a Record-Tying Effort for the Orioles in the Bronx

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The Orioles and Yankees played a wild 14-inning affair starting on Friday night and extending into Saturday morning. The O’s ultimately enjoyed the spoils of a 7-3 victory thanks to a Pedro Alavarez grand slam in extras.

Alvarez, who’s been known to strike out a time or two in his career, did not contribute to the Orioles’ 16-strikeout total after entering as a pinch hitter for Danny Valencia in the 10th inning. Instead, Tim Beckham led that effort by striking out five times. He narrowly avoided tying a team record for batting futility.

Sam Horn holds the Baltimore Orioles team record for strikeouts in a game with six, a total he established in a 9-8 loss in 15 innings to the Kansas City Royals on July 17, 1991.  O’s pitcher Mike Flanagan created new naming conventions beyond the golden sombrero in honor of Horn’s efforts, as reported by Tim Kurkjian.

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Five Things to Know About Former Orioles Pitcher Eddie Watt As He Turns 77

Baltimore Orioles Pitcher Eddie WattFormer Baltimore Orioles Pitcher Eddie Watt turned 77 on Wednesday. Watt pitched in the majors for 10 seasons with eight of them coming in an O’s uniform.

Here are five facts about the Orioles Hall of Famer (Class of 2000).

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This Day in Baltimore Orioles History: The Chris Tillman the O’s Need in 2018 Showed Up on April 2, 2011

Yesterday: The Orioles lost 7-0 to the Minnesota Twins on Sunday, dropping their first season series after opening the 2018 campaign with a victory last Thursday. The O’s also found themselves embroiled in a mini-controversy over unwritten rules when Chance Sisco bunted against the shift in the ninth inning. Deadspin summed up the dispute thusly: “Twins Mad That Other Team Was Trying Too.”

Baltimore Orioles pitchers Kevin Gausman and Chris Tillman

Kevin Gausman and Chris Tillman serve as bat boys during Spring Training. (Photo Credit: Norm Schimmel)

Yesteryear: The Orioles defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 on April 2, 2011 to push their record to 2-0.

Chris Tillman, who will make his first start of the 2018 season on Monday night in Houston, pitched six shutout innings in the 2011 game. Newly elected Orioles Hall of Famer Brian Roberts played the hero role in the eighth inning with a three-run homer off of Jake McGee.

The 2011 Orioles opened the season 4-0 and won six of their first seven games to provide fans with early hope that the team’s run of losing seasons would end at 13. Instead, the team finished 69-93 in its first full season with Buck Showalter at the helm. The O’s only winning month came in September when they went 15-13.

In other words, it’s early folks.

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Three is an Orioles Magic Number

Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones hit his third career walk-off homer on Thursday.

Minnesota Twins closer Fernando Rodney allowed his third career walk-off homer on Thursday.

The Orioles won 3-2 on Opening Day 2018.

It was the third straight season that the Orioles have started with a walk-off win. (That’s a record.)

Should I mention Caleb Joseph’s three-bagger?

Three is a Magic Number, an Orioles Magic Number.

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Revisiting Three Topics That Were Being Discussed at the Outset of the Baltimore Orioles’ 0-21 Season

The start of the Baltimore Orioles’ 2018 campaign is as close as a Nate McLouth baseball to the right-field foul pole. It’s the time of year when most fans and analysts look forward and attempt to project how the season will play out. Given the triumvirate of topics that rule this baseball blog – Humor. History. Homerism. – I’m instead taking a look backward.

The 2018 season is the 30th anniversary of the O’s ignominious 0-21 start to their 162-game schedule in 1988. The team found itself 16 games out of first place by the end of April that year, a gap that would more than double by season’s end when they put the finishing touches on a 54-107 overall mark.

Don’t expect the Orioles to mark the anniversary of the worst season in franchise history, following the St. Louis Browns’ relocation to Baltimore, with any special giveaways.* A “Fantastic Fans Night” in early May would be fun, however.

The storylines headed into the 1988 Baltimore Orioles season were nearly as crazy as the game outcomes on the horizon. They included talk of the team relocating to the nation’s capital and the possibility of Dave Winfield coming to play for the O’s via trade.

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Baltimore Orioles Truck Arrives in Sarasota (Photos)

Thursday was “Truck Day” in Baltimore with the Orioles packing up equipment at Camden Yards and sending it to Sarasota for Spring Training. The truck arrived on Monday, and friend-of-the-blog Norm Schimmel was there to capture some images. Pitchers and catchers report on  Feb. 13.

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