The statistic-happy sport of baseball loves big, round numbers.
But the Orioles and their fans sure aren’t embracing the triple digits that were bearing down on them like a fastball — 100 losses.
With a 14-2 loss Friday night at the Tampa Bay Rays, Baltimore suffered its 100th defeat with 21 games remaining. The last time the Orioles lost at least 100 games was 1988. Before that, they had avoided triple-digit defeats for 34 years.
One-hundred losses holds a special place in the pantheon of baseball futility marks, along with being no-hit and failing to bat .200 in a season (Baltimore’s Chris Davis was hitting .180 before Friday’s game).