The Bottom Line: 2010 Orioles through 71 games
In addition to being the worst team in the majors right now, the Orioles are flirting with the historical distinction of being one of the most dreadful teams in the modern era.
So, here at The Baltimore Sun, we've decided to begin charting the team's record compared to other notably bad teams in team and major league history -- the 1954 and 1988 Orioles, as well as the 1916 Philadelphia Athletics, 1962 New York Mets and 2003 Detroit Tigers.
In the first year of the Orioles' existence, the team went 54-100 in 1954. The 1988 Orioles became the only other team since the franchise moved to Baltimore to lose 100 games when they finished 54-107.
The 1916 Athletics compiled the worst winning percentage in the modern era (.235) and ended with a 36-117 record. The 1962 Mets lost the most games in the modern era and finished with a 40-120 record.
I'm adding the 2003 Tigers, who finished with a 43-119 record. They weren't historically bad -- meaning they didn't set the record for most losses or worst winning percentage in the modern era -- but the Orioles Insider readers convinced me to add them to the list because they were so close.
2010 Orioles: 19-52 (.268)
Notable win-loss records through 72 games (win percentage in parentheses):
1916 Philadelphia Athletics: 18-53-1 (.250)
1954 Orioles: 28-44 (.389)
1962 New York Mets: 20-52 (.278)
1988 Orioles: 20-52 (.278)
2003 Detroit Tigers: 18-54 (.250)
How each team fared in their 72nd game:
1916 Athletics: 2-1 loss to the St. Louis Browns
The Athletics' record in July fell to 1-10 after losing to the St. Louis Browns at Shibe Park. They won only one game for the rest of the month, finishing 2-28 and being outscored 175-70 by opponents during that span.
1954 Orioles: 2-0 win over the Detroit Tigers
Orioles starting pitcher Joe Coleman tossed a three-hit shutout, striking out seven Tigers hitters in front of an announced 11,303 fans at Memorial Stadium. Shortstop Jim Brideweser was 2-for-3 with an RBI, and third baseman Vern Stephens added a sacrifice fly for the Orioles.
1962 Mets: 10-4 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers
The Mets snapped a four-game losing streak by scoring 10 runs on only four hits at Dodger Stadium. Dodgers pitchers combined to walk 16 New York batters, including eight free passes by relief pitcher Stan Williams in five innings. Mets right fielder Richie Ashburn was 2-for-5 with three RBIs.
1988 Orioles: 6-2 win over the Boston Red Sox
Red Sox starting pitcher Roger Clemens was chased from the game after being charged with six runs (five earned) and seven hits in 2 1/3 innings at Fenway Park. Orioles right fielder Jim Traber was 3-for-4 with two RBIs, while designated hitter Larry Sheets also knocked in a pair of runs.
2003 Tigers: 5-3 loss to the Colorado Rockies
Former Orioles catcher Charles Johnson was 1-for-2 with two RBIs to lead the Rockies over Detroit in the series finale between the two teams at Coors Field. Tigers starting pitcher Adam Bernero fell to 1-10 on the season after giving up five runs and six hits in six innings.