This is why the Orioles are awful

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From Buster Olney’s latest column:

Other teams that have asked the Orioles about the availability of some
of their players are getting the vibe that Baltimore is greatly
concerned about stripping their roster to the point that they are
concerned about being even worse down the stretch than they have been in
the first four months. “I think they’re worried about being a 115-loss
team,” said a rival executive.

If the Orioles are truly holding off on trading players who (a) have any trade value; and (b) have no real future with the team simply because they’d rather lose 105 games instead of 115, they deserve every stinking bad thing that has happened to them.

Dodgers announce World Series rotation order

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We know Clayton Kershaw will oppose Dallas Keuchel in Game 1 of the World Series. We now know the rest of the Dodgers’ rotation order, per Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times. After Kershaw, it’ll be Rich Hill, then Yu Darvish, followed by Alex Wood.

No surprise, that’s the same order the Dodgers used in the NLCS against the Cubs. Dodger starters combined to post a 2.67 ERA with 31 strikeouts and four walks across 27 innings in the NLCS.

The Astros haven’t yet announced their rotation order, but we can safely assume Justin Verlander will follow Keuchel in Game 2.