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#pounditTuesday, January 26, 2021

Baltimore Orioles on pace for worst season ever

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This could be a historically bad season for the Baltimore Orioles.

In 1988, the Orioles endured their worst season as a franchise. They started 0-21 and finished the season 54-107, setting a team record for losses. 30 years later, the Orioles could be on the way to an even worse season.

After a 2-1 loss to the Oakland A’s on Sunday, the Orioles are now 8-26 through their first 34 games of this season. As pointed out by Steve Melewski of MASN Sports, if Baltimore continues at their current pace, they would finish the season with an astounding 124 losses.

To say it has been a rough start for the Orioles would be an understatement. They are tied with the Reds for the worst record in the majors. Baltimore’s -72 run differential is the worst in Major League Baseball.

Alex Cobb and Andrew Cashner, two offseason additions that were intended to bolster the starting rotation, have provided less-than-stellar results thus far. The offense has been nonexistent most games. And, to make matters worse, there is the very real possibility Manny Machado could finish the season wearing the uniform of another team. The Orioles likely won’t be 38-wins bad, but if things don’t turn around it could be a very long summer in Baltimore.

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