The Baltimore Orioles lost last night to the Tampa Bay Rays. It’s their 14th loss in a row.
From the Baltimore Sun:
Wednesday night’s loss to the Tampa Bay Rays was not only the Orioles’ 14th in a row, making them the first team since 1935 with two such losing streaks in the same season, but also their 81st of the year, meaning one more will guarantee their fifth straight losing season. They almost certainly will enter September mathematically incapable of making the playoffs.
Tanking games is the Mike Elias way
The Orioles will continue losing games as long as GM Mike Elias wants them to. And make no mistake, he wants them to lose. If they have the worst record in Major League Baseball, they will get the overall number one pick in next year’s amateur draft. That’s what Elias covets, not a quality product on the field at Camden Yards. At least not yet. He wants high draft picks. What Elias cares about is what’s happening at the Norfolk Tides (AAA), Bowie Baysox (AA), Aberdeen IronBirds (High A), and the Delmarva Shorebirds (Low A). These minor league teams are comprised of the players who will eventually play in Baltimore if everything goes as planned.
Embrace the suck… or don’t
While this re-build is going on, I recommend Orioles fans invest in an MLB.tv account. It allows you to watch live out-of-market games. If you have a VPN, you can even watch live Orioles games. Why would you want to? Because you can watch the opposing team’s TV feed. I think it’s interesting to hear what the other team’s broadcast crew talk about the Orioles. With MLB.tv, you can also watch games after the game is over. I usually watch games from the night before the following morning. You don’t need a VPN for that.
I’ve had an MLB.tv account for the last three years. It makes existing within the Orioles broadcast market much more palatable.