You may not think “swupt” is a word.
You are wrong. (Technically, you are right. But, today, you are wrong.)
To be swupt is to lose all four games of a four-game series to the Boston Red Sox. Which is what the Baltimore Orioles did this week.
Losing 2-5, 2-5, 1-5, 3-5. Or, to simplify things, losing the series 8-20.
(Orioles Magic? Orioles Tragic.)
Losing ugly and losing, at least for the moment, their hold of a post-season wild card spot.
With just one week left in the regular season, there aren’t many moments left to right this shaky ship.
Broadcasters and managers and players will tell you that it is very hard to win all four games of a four-game series. (They will also tell you that visiting teams hate four-game series for weird reasons … like players don’t like to stay in the same hotel and town for so long. It’s four games. It’s one game more than a typical three-game series. Are players seriously that sensitive that playing one more day is such a burden? You know what’s a burden? Watching your very most favorite team in the whole wide entire world give up five – FIVE! – unearned runs in a single game and then lose that game to the Red Sox, 5-1.)
The Red Sox must have been miserable this week what with the burden of this four-game series and all.
Here’s rookie Red Sox left fielder Andrew Benintendi overcoming the sadness of a four-game series by celebrating following one of their wins this week by dancing like Michael Jackson.
Look how happy they are! (The Orioles were happy once.)
Just for the record, the University of Virginia kept Benintendi, then a center fielder at the University of Arkansas, hitless during the 2014 NCAA Regionals Tournament.
I know, because I was there. Here’s an ESPN screen cap of the Baseball Bloggess and Editor/Husband watching it happen.
Sure, no one looks very happy, but Virginia shut out Arkansas that day 3-0.
The Orioles are seven games back and in third place in the AL East. They are a half game back of the second Wild Card spot.
Dear Orioles, There are nine games left to play. Fix this.