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BALTIMORE (AP) —’t much different than the 106 that preceded it.Baltimore managed only three hits in falling to Toronto 5-0 on Monday night and tied an Orioles record for losses in a season.“It’s frustrating http://www.giantsfanproshop.com/authentic-evan-longoria-jersey , to say the least,” first baseman Chris Davis said. “Once we hit 100, it was kind of like, I don’t know, I honestly didn’t have any words for it. It was embarrassing.”Rookie Ryan Borucki pitched eight sharp innings for the Blue Jays, who have won 13 of 17 games between the two bottom teams in the AL East.Toronto stands 25 games better than the Orioles, whose 43-107 record is worst in the majors. Since the franchise came to Baltimore in 1954, the only other Orioles team with 107 defeats was the 1988 club, which started 0-21 on its way to a 54-107 finish.The franchise record for losses is 111, by the 1939 St. Louis Browns — a mark well within reach of this team.“It’s one of those things you never want to be associated with,” Davis said.Baltimore has been blanked 15 times and owns a major league-worst 26-49 record at home. Only 8,198 fans showed up at soggy Camden Yards to watch yet another defeat.The major league record is 120 losses, set by the expansion New York Mets in 1962. With a victory over the White Sox on Sunday, the Orioles can’t lose more than 119.Not that it’s any consolation in a lost season.“I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little down right now because of the loss and the way things are going,” said Davis, who’s batting .172 as the highest-paid player on the team.Borucki (4-4) gave up three singles, struck out seven and walked one in his 15th career start. The left-hander allowed two runners to reach third base, one of whom got there during a near triple play.“Defense made a lot of nice plays for me and I was getting a lot of ground balls,” Borucki said.With runners on first and second and no outs in the Baltimore third, Austin Wynns hit a low liner to shortstop Lourdes Gurriel Jr., who gloved the ball and then let it drop to the ground. The ploy caught the Orioles flat-footed, and Toronto turned a 6-4-3 double play before Baltimore’s Renato Nunez barely beat the relay to third base.“A lower throw we get three,” Toronto manager John Gibbons said. “With first and second and no out, that’s big. They get a knock there you have a different score.”The Blue Jays got all the offense they needed in the third inning against Evan Phillips, who was obtained from Atlanta in the July 31 trade that sent Kevin Gausman and Darren O’Day to the Braves.Making his first major league start Willie McCovey Jersey , Phillips (0-1) retired the first five batters he faced before Kevin Pillar doubled, Rowdy Tellez hit an RBI single and Danny Jansen homered to left. Pillar homered in the seventh, and Aledmys Diaz went deep in the ninth.TRAINER’S ROOMBlue Jays: 3B Brandon Drury had the brace removed from his fractured left hand and is beginning a strengthening regiment, to be followed by hitting. Obtained in the trade that sent J.A. Happ to the Yankees, Drury is likely done for the season. … RHP Justin Shafer had an MRI, which revealed a flexor strain in his right elbow. He will be shut down until the team returns to Toronto, then re-evaluated.Orioles: C Chance Sisco remained in concussion protocol after being struck in the chin by a foul ball in Sunday’s game against the White Sox.UP NEXTBlue Jays: Aaron Sanchez (4-6, 4.90 ERA) makes his 20th start, the fifth since returning from the 60-day DL with a finger injury. He pitched seven innings of three-hit ball against Boston last week.Orioles: Dylan Bundy (8-14, 5.48 ERA) seeks to win a second straight start. He was winless since July 29 before defeating Oakland last Thursday. Put your helmets on, there’s some dumb about to fly your way."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Farmers onlyFeaturesPlayoffsHistory/Hall of FamePeer into the FutureFive Dumb Predictions for the 2019 MLB seasonNew,10commentsPut your helmets on, there’s some dumb about to fly your way.EDTShareTweetShareShareFive Dumb Predictions for the 2019 MLB seasonJoe Camporeale-USA TODAY SportsPredictions are dumb, at least when you take them as things that will happen. These particular predictions aren’t going to happen, that much I can assure you, for if I could assure you, I’d be making enough bank off of them to not be wasting my time hammering them into a keyboard for you to read.That isn’t to say that predictions aren’t some semi-logical collision between should and could. That’s exactly what they are, almost-assertions that have both nothing riding on them and just enough of a boozy backing to be interesting enough to maybe remember down the line. And, of course, these are dumb predictions, the misanthropic younger sibling of educated guesses, something right up the alley of our specific baseball bloghole world.Here we go, MLB style...The NL MVP again comes from the Milwaukee Brewers, it just won’t be the obvious choiceFresh off his trade from the black hole that is the Miami Marlins, Christian Yelich exploded onto the baseball scene with a 7.6 fWAR season that led the National League. That earned him a well-deserved NL MVP award Mel Ott Jersey , something that Cincinnati Reds pitching helped aid in a big, big way. Flanking him in the Beers’ outfield was another excellent first-year Brewer in Lorenzo Cain, whose 5.7 fWAR ranked as the third best in the NL last year among players who spent the entire season in the senior circuit. Two Brewers, two legit stars, and I’m banking on someone else to be the breakout star in Milwaukee in 2019 - Travis Shaw.Shaw, 29 in two weeks, is certainly far from an unknown, as he’s belted 30+ dingers in each of the last two seasons and was valued at 4.1 bWAR and 3.6 fWAR last season. Still, he’s never made an All Star team or received a down-ballot MVP vote, so I’m going to categorize this as dumbly bold.My premise here is this - Shaw is pretty well a natural defensive 3B, one whose metrics largely support my eye-test (that thinks he’s excellent there), and he’s sliding back to the hot corner for 2019 after getting reps at 2B in a crowded, talented Milwaukee infield in 2018. His 2018 season featured a brutal .242 BABIP that I firmly expect to rise back in-line with his .286 career mark (or even the .312 mark from his 2017 season), and he also saw his walk rate rise (to an impressive 13.3%) while cutting way down on his K-rate (18.4% against a career 22.1%). A player who’s already been a 4-win guy getting a bump in both offensive and defensive value while hitting in the middle of a lethal Milwaukee order that should absolutely be challenging for a playoff spot? That’s as bold and dumb as I can get for my darkhorse NL MVP pick.Michael Conforto leads the NL in home runsConsidering the bandbox where the New York Yankees play their home games, the stacked power lineup they feature, and the fact that each of Mike Trout, Joey Gallo, and Khris Davis all play in the American League, leading the National League in a power stat could be construed as a bit like being a #1 seed in the NIT. I don’t care. You want dumb, you get dumb.Conforto, like Shaw, is hardly an unknown, but he’s a player who saw his excellent breakout during the 2017 season derailed a bit by a major shoulder injury. He hit 27 dingers in just 440 PA in 2017, but after surgery it took him a long, long time to get things going in 2018. He homered in his 2018 debut on April 5th http://www.giantsfanproshop.com/authentic-evan-longoria-jersey , to be sure, but then went 23 games without another, hitting a putrid .181/.341/.222 in that span. Through June 12th, even, he was hitting just .212/.333/.353 with 7 homers, but that’s pretty much when things completely came back to the former 1st round pick out of Oregon State.From that point forward, he clubbed 21 dingers in the final 99 games of his season, looked fully healthy, and seems to me, at least, to be the most likely player in the NL to see a massive power breakout in 2019. Heck, he wouldn’t really even need to breakout any more than he has to date, he’ll just need to log a full, healthy season to get there.I see a 40 dinger season from him, which might have a few eyes take notice in the New York media market.The Baltimore Orioles set the MLB record for most single-season lossesThe 1962 New York Mets had no Michael Conforto, mind you, and breezed to a 40-120 record that set the MLB mark for the most losses by any team in any single season. The 2018 Baltimore Orioles just lost 115 games, and did that level of non-winning while still enjoying the services of Manny Machado (for most of the year), Jonathan Schoop (for most of the year), and Adam Jones (for all of the year).The extent of Baltimore’s international scouting department has been a beer can with googly-eyes stuck on it for the better part of forever. Their farm system is a completely barren wasteland. They let Buck Showalter go, canned their entire front office, have the single least-valuable player in the game from 2018 (Chris Davis), and the biggest move they made all winter was to sign pitcher Nate Karns to a 1-year deal. Oh, right...they also play in the AL East, which looks to be an absolute juggernaut this season. Baltimore Matt Williams Jersey , I’m so sorry, but the writing here is in big block letters.No National League pitcher tops 200 IP in 2019If it weren’t for the existence of Max Scherzer, I would personally feel much, much more confident in this particular dumb prediction. The Washington ace has topped 200 innings for six consecutive years, including all four years since he signed with the Nationals (in which time he’s never not finished in the Top 5 of his league’s Cy Young Award voting). He’s the one pitcher who I could see just blowing right through this mark, though he’s 34 this season and who the heck knows when that run will end.That said, a total of 7 NL pitchers cleared 200 innings last year (with 13 pitchers MLB-wide topping that mark). Still, as the move towards expanded bullpens increases, as managers increasingly look to specific matchups late in games, and as hitters continue to put higher pitch counts on starters’ arms earlier, the days of getting 7-8 innings out of starters more than 30 times per year continually seem to be vanishing.It’s inevitable that we’ll see this become less of a bold, dumb claim as the game continues to evolve - especially in the NL where pitchers still are tasked with stepping to the plate. I think this year, in particular, we see starters continue to take a modified, less quantity-driven role.Homer Bailey throws 150 innings of ~4.00 ERA ball for Kansas CityI don’t even know what to add here. He made their rotation, that pitcher friendly park...[insert text][insert actual text, dumbass]I really don’t. I just...have one of those feelings in my gut when I think about it, though there’s a very real chance that’s just the breakfast burrito I had earlier. But if ever there was a dumb prediction to top all dumb predictions, it just might be this dumb prediction.So, here it is, predicted dumbly, for your perusal. Check back tomorrow for Five Dumb Predictions for the 2019 Cincinnati Reds. I assure you, they’ll be dumb.
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