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The Impressive 2013 Orioles Should Be Sending 3 All – Stars to Citi Field

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Thursday, July 4th, 2013

Buck Showalter may finally break the curse of his previous managerial jobs - where his teams become stagnant after a few years of him being the clubs skipper.  Baltimore is 48 - 37 and sit in 2nd Place in the AL East - and would currently be the 2nd Wild Card team in the American League.  Not bad for a team Vegas said was only going to win 78 games this year!

Buck Showalter may finally break the curse of his previous managerial jobs – where his teams become stagnant after a few years of him being the clubs skipper. Baltimore is 48 – 37 on the year – as they sit in 2nd Place for the AL East – and would currently be the 2nd Wild Card team in the American League. Not bad for a team Vegas said was only going to win 78 games this year!

By Ben Kaplan (MLB Reports Baltimore Orioles Correspondent – visit his Battle of The Beltway website here):

For the past season and a half, the Baltimore Orioles have been counted out more times than Gordon Bombay’s Mighty Ducks. But just like everyone’s favorite fictional pee-wee hockey time, the Orioles refuse to go away, and they refuse to listen to the doubters.

The 2013 Baltimore Orioles picked up right where the 2012 Baltimore Orioles left off, defying the odds and winning games that most “experts” don’t feel like they should. You may be asking yourselves, how are they doing it?

The answer is actually very simple, serviceable starting pitching, a shutdown bullpen, and impressive contributions from their lineup, namely Chris Davis, Manny Machado, and Adam Jones.

Chris Davis 2013 Highlights:  Mature Content SO Parental Guidance Is Advised:

Chris Davis, better known around Birdland as “Crush”, is having a season that even Roy Hobbs thinks is ridiculous.  His numbers to date are .330 with 32 home runs and 81 runs batted in. While some are saying his numbers are raising more red flags than Russia, I choose to ignore the steroid naysayers and point to an improved approach at the plate, his unworldly work ethic, and the confidence of his Manager to play everyday (something he has not ever had in his career). For the first few years of Crush’s career, the knock on him was that he always swung out of his heels and never made adjustments.  This led to some very impressive home runs, but more times than not it led to high strikeout numbers.

Chris Davis, better known around Birdland as “Crush”, is having a season that even Roy Hobbs thinks is ridiculous. His numbers to date are: .330 with 32 HRs, 26 2B and 83 RBI. While some are saying his numbers are raising more red flags than Russia, I choose to ignore the steroid naysayers and point to an improved approach at the plate, his unworldly work ethic, and the confidence of his Manager to play everyday (something he has not ever had in his career.)

For the first few years of Crush’s career, the knock on him was that he always swung out of his heels and never made adjustments. This led to some very impressive home runs, but more times than not it led to high strikeout numbers.

While with Texas, Davis was never out right given the first base job nor was he given consistent playing time.

Last season, Davis played all over the field and was finally given consistent at bats. He rewarded the trust of the organization with 33 home runs, including 9 over the last 8 games of the regular season.

Davis is much more patient at the plate, allowing pitchers to come to him.

He is also taking the ball to all fields, swatting home runs over the right field fence, as well as slapping a single to left field against the shift.

Davis has always been a big swing and miss guy, but he has cut down on his strikeouts this season, in comparison to previous seasons in his career.

While I’m sure sabremetricians will point to all kinds of advanced stats, I point to the fact that knowing that everyday when Davis looks at the lineup he will see his name at first base and in the same spot in the lineup.

This does wonders for a player psychologically and the on field performance exemplifies that.

In the offseason Buck Showalter named Chris Davis the everyday first basemen and told him it was his job.  By not having to look over his shoulder or pressing at the plate, Chris Davis was able to just focus on doing his thing and nothing else.

The numbers clearly justify Buck’s confidence in Crush.  Davis on pace for the 1st 100 Extra Base Hits season since Albert Belle accomplished the feat in 1995 with the Indians.

Right now he is on pace 61 HRs and 49 Doubles for 110 Extra Base Hits

If he can hit 104 Extra Base hits, it would be the 3rd best mark ALL – Time singles season (AL), behind Babe Ruth‘s 1921 Season of (119 XBH) and Lou Gehrig‘s 1927 year (117).  Belle’s mark was 103 XBH in the lockout shortened 1995 year.  

Adam Jones has settled into a very nice place in his young career.  While being anointed the new face of the Franchise when he signed his 6 year extension a year ago, Jones has taken this leadership role and ran with it.

Adam Jones was obtained from the Seattle Mariners in a trade for Erik Bedard after the 2007 season. A year ago he hit .287 with 32 home runs and 82 runs batted in, and the year before that he hit a .280 clip with 25 home runs and 83 runs batted in.  If he would draw a few more walks, we could see that average go up even more.

Adam Jones was obtained from the Seattle Mariners in a trade for Erik Bedard after the 2007 season. A year ago he hit .287 with 32 home runs and 82 runs batted in, and the year before that he hit a .280 clip with 25 home runs and 83 runs batted in. If he would draw a few more walks, we could see that average go up even more.

The numbers that Jones has put up this year are right on par with what we have come to expect from him here in Birdland.  He is currently hitting .293 with 15 home runs and 59 runs batted in.

The legend of Manny Machado continues to grow in Orioles circles because even though the young man still cannot legally buy a double shot of Jack Daniels, he leads the Big Leagues in doubles.  Since the moment Machado was called up to the Big Leagues he proved he belonged.

His ejection from a game last week was the first four innings he has missed since his call up. Machado is playing gold glove caliber defense, making plays we haven’t seen at third base since the likes of Cal Ripken.

Offensively, Machado took his lumps last year and early this season as he became acclimated with the number 2 slot in the order.

But, like many of the great hitters in baseball, Machado adjusted to how big league pitchers were pitching to him and he now has 117 hits (2nd in the AL only to Miguel Cabrera) a league leading 38 doubles.

The true sign of a good big league hitter is their ability to hit get extra base hits, and while Manny’s power is still developing he is showing a strong ability to go down both foul lines as well as both gaps.  This is not that different from the early years of Joe Mauer’s career.

When I hear the question, can Chris Davis, Manny Machado, and Adam Jones keep up their impressive offensive stats?

I reply in the exact same way I heard Manager Buck Showalter respond to questions in spring training about the Orioles making a return to October. Why not?

Machado has been hitting the ball at a historically good rate for a 20 Year old - He leads the AL in GP (85) PA (388) AB (365) and Doubles  (38).  "The Macho Man" s showing maturity well beyond his years - hitting for a 3 Slash Line of .320/.350/.833

Machado has been hitting the ball at a historically good rate for a 20 Year old – He leads the AL in GP (85) PA (388) AB (365) and Doubles (38). “The Macho Man” s showing maturity well beyond his years – hitting for a 3 Slash Line of .320/.350/.833.  Machado, Jones and Davis will all be ALL – Stars at Citi Field in a few weeks.  The Orioles management has also started the trade festivities – in order to back up the offense – by picking up Veteran Started Scott Feldman.

*** The views and opinions expressed in this report are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of mlbreports.com or their partners.***

A big thanks goes out to our Orioles Correspondent Ben Kaplan. Ben was Raised on the greatness of Cal Ripken Jr. And Chris Hoiles, Ben is an unbroken and unwavering Baltimore Orioles fan.

A former college baseball player, Ben looks to fill the void by writing about the game that’s in his blood and the team he loves.

Ben started a blog with his college teammate/roommate Tyler called “Battle of the Beltway” that chronicles the pain and pride of the DMV (DC, MD,VA) fan base. Their blog can be found at battleofthebeltway.blogspot.com

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About chuckbooth3023

I played competitive baseball until 18 years old and had offers to play NCAA Division 1 University Baseball at Liberty University. Post-concussion symptoms from previous football and baseball head injuries forced me to retire by age 19. After two nearly made World Record Attempts in 2008, I set a New World Record by visiting all 30 MLB Parks (from 1st to last pitch) in only 24 Calendar Days in the summer 0f 2009. In April of 2012, I established yet another new GWR by visiting all 30 Parks in only 23 Calendar Days! You can see the full schedule at the page of the www.mlbreports.com/gwr-tracker . In 2015, I watched 224 MLB Games, spanning all 30 MLB Parks in 183 Days. Read about that World Record Journey at https://mlbreports.com/183in2015/229sked2015/

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