Orioles’ Chris Davis And Manny Machado Primed For Big Second Half
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Friday, July.05, 2013
By Chris Lacey (Lead Baseball Columnist/Minority Website Owner) Follow @aecanada12
Baltimore Orioles are proving that their post season appearance last season was no fluke and that they are not a one-hit wonder with their play this season. The Orioles are second in the American League East division and they trail the Boston Red Sox by 3 ½ games.
This is very good considering the division that they play in is the toughest one in baseball, where all but one of the five teams is under .500. Baltimore can attribute some of the success this season to their offense.
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They have one of the better line ups in all with baseball, and are second in the AL with 416 runs scored. One of the reasons they have no problems scoring runs is they have Adam Jones, Manny Machado Matt Wieters and Chris Davis hitting for them.
So it’s not hard to see why they are playing well this season. Davis and Machado are having career years for the Orioles, with each having a chance to set records when the season is over with.
They are the stars on this team, but Jones and Wieters are having good season as well. Jones is putting up All-Star numbers once again for the second straight season, as indicated by his .293/.315/.797 triple-slash with 15 HRs and 59 RBIs in 355 at-bats.
Jones kind of gets lots in the shuffle with the other two players garnering national attention. He is great hitter with the tools to be an impact player for his team, and he also plays great defense.
He thrives facing right-handed pitching with a .311 batting average, but struggles against lefties by hitting only .242. The one area where he needs to improve upon is hitting lefties.
However, he has had no issues when runners are in scoring position. Jones has a .330 batting average with 39 RBIs in 103 at-bats. He is still effective in pressure situations, by hitting .300 with runners on base and there are two outs.
Wieters is a defensive wizard for Baltimore at the catcher position, and anything he provides on offense is a bonus for them. He is fourth in the AL with a caught stealing % of 40.6, and has nabbed 13 would be base stealers this season.
He is having a good year on offense for them with 10 HRs and 39 RBIs. The batting average is low for him with it being only at .226, but he is on pace for another season of 20+ HRs and 80 RBIs.
He could have a big second half for them, but the real value for Baltimore is what he does behind the plate.
Machado is one of the best young third baseman in baseball, and is having a great season. He has a chance to break a record that has been around since 1931. Earl Webb set the record by hitting 67 doubles that season.
The last time a player had a chance to come close to his record was when Todd Helton hit 59 doubles in 2000. Machado already has 38 doubles on the season with some more games to go before the break.
He would also break another record by eclipsing the mark by Webb, and this would be the most doubles in a season by a right-handed hitter. George Burns set the record of 64 doubles in 1926.
He is not all about hitting doubles, with his .320/.350/.833 triple-slash on the season. He also has 117 hits, which puts him second in the AL in this category.
He is crushing lefties this season with a .336 batting average, and is doing a good job facing righties by hitting .279. When runners are in scoring position he is a beast with a .372 average and 29 hits in 78 at-bats.
He is also proving to be great clutch player as well, by hitting .387 with runners in scoring position and two outs. He can easily shatter the doubles record with a strong second half of the season, and is well on his way to also having 200 hits.
He could easily challenge Miguel Cabrera for the MVP award, if not for his teammate at first base.
Davis is having a first-half of the season to remember for the Orioles, and is one of the best sluggers in the game. The left-hander has a .331/.406/1.137 triple-slash this season with 32 HRs and 83 RBIs.
The odd thing about thing about him is that he crushes righties with a .359 batting average, but against lefties he only has a .273 average.
He is a walking nightmare for opposing pitchers when runners are in scoring position, with his .410 average. Davis is just as dangerous with men in scoring position and two outs, he is still hitting a robust .382.
He has a chance to join a very exclusive list if he keeps up this offensive pace. There have only been eight players in the history of baseball that have 60 HRs in a season. The players on this list include Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire Sammy Sosa Roger Maris and Babe Ruth.
There is a reason that only eight players have ever done this, because it is very hard to maintain this level of production through 162 games.
The opposing pitchers know how good of a hitter Davis is, and he will have to be selective. The one thing that Davis has going for him is that, he hits third in a great lineup and men are usually on base for him.
He will make history in second half and I firmly believe he will be the ninth member of the 60 HR club. The AL MVP race will be exciting this season, and it won’t be decided until the last day of the season.
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