2021 Baltimore Orioles
2021 Baltimore Orioles / Franchise: Baltimore Orioles / BR Team Page
Managed by Brandon Hyde
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The 2021 Baltimore Orioles, picked by most observers to finish last in the AL East, had a surprisingly good start, as they swept the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in a three-game series to open the season on April 1-4. They outscored their opponents 18-5. The series marked the return to action of OF Trey Mancini, who had missed all of 2020 while fighting cancer. The offensive hero was Cedric Mullins, who went 9 for 13 in the three games as he got off to a very strong start in what would be a breakout season.
The winning did not last long however. On May 5th, John Means pitched a no-hitter in defeating the Seattle Mariners, 6-0, improving Baltimore's record to 15-16. The bottom fell out completely after that though, as the Orioles lost 18 of their next 19 games to finish the month of May at 17-37, already 17 1/2 games out of first place. They won 5 of their first 6 games in June, all at home, but as soon as they hit the road, the losing started again. On June 17th, they lost their 9th straight, which was also their 19th straight defeat on the road. They were a bit lucky in a sense, because at the very same time, the Arizona Diamondbacks were busy setting an all-time record for consecutive road losses, recording their 23rd straight the same day, putting the Orioles' streak somewhat under the radar.
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