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Takeaways From The Orioles Getting Swept By Tampa Bay

Observations from and analysis of the O’s losing two games to the Rays

Game 1: 8-4 loss on Wednesday night (April 25)

Game 2: 9-5 loss on Thursday night (April 26)

1. It is almost mind-boggling how poorly this Orioles season has gone. The O’s now are 6-19, which is the second-worst 25-game start in franchise history. It is legitimately sad knowing that their season is all but done, and it still has five months left. Nothing is going well. The offense, which has been really bad, actually had 16 hits on Thursday night. But the O’s went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position, and none of this mattered anyway, because the O’s allowed nine runs. That’s the kind of season this has been so far.

Baltimore Orioles shortstop Manny Machado, left, and second baseman Jonathan Schoop watch a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Thursday, April 26, 2018, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

2. Not even Dylan Bundy is immune to the mess. Arguably the biggest bright spot for the O’s this season was woeful in the 9-5 loss to the Rays on Thursday night: eight runs (seven earned) in 4 2/3 innings. He gave up two two-run homers, including one to ex-Nat Wilson Ramos.

3. Alex Cobb in the 8-4 loss to the Rays on Wednesday night was horrendous for a third time in three starts as an Oriole, giving up five runs in 4 2/3 innings on 10 hits, a walk and a hit-by-pitch. I don’t care how little lead-up time this guy had for his season; there’s no excuse for how bad he has been over three starts: 20 runs (17 earned) in 11 2/3 innings. Yes, he has made just three starts, so there is plenty of time for him to be better. But you now have to start wondering whether he’ll be appreciably better.

4. The O’s on Wednesday placed Tim Beckham on the 10-day disabled list with what was labeled as a left groin strain, and he on Thursday underwent core-muscle surgery that could keep him out for at least six weeks. The O’s claimed utility man Jace Peterson off waivers from the Yankees on Tuesday. Beckham joined Jonathan Schoop and Mark Trumbo as key position-playing Orioles on the 10-day DL.

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