They say chicks dig the long ball. If that’s the case, the Orioles are the Brad Pitts of Major League Baseball so far this year.
Baltimore leads all teams with 64 home runs, with the New York Yankees and Texas Rangers right behind them. Now we all knew the Orioles had some heavy hitters, but this is exceeding all expectations, and Adam Jones is leading the conga line of overachievers.
Jonesy has been having himself a monster year so far. He currently leads the Orioles in basically every category. Batting average, home runs, runs batted in, runs scored, stolen bases, you name it.
Jonesy is hitting .304 with 14 home runs, 29 RBI, 32 runs, and has swiped six bases. He is tied for second in the American League with his 14 home runs with White Sox slugger Adam “Big Donkey” Dunn. They both trail the Rangers’ Josh Hamilton, who has knocked 18 balls far, far away.
Helping the Orioles clear the fence is J.J. Hardy, who is lava-hot after a slow start. Hardy now has nine home runs and has started to pick his average up during the month of May.
Gold Glovers Nick Markakis,and Matt Wieters both have eight home runs and Chris Davis has shown his pop by hitting five homers this year. Heck, even Robert Andino has three home runs, putting him well on pace to break his career high of five. All of this power has mostly come without their slugging third baseman Mark Reynolds, as he has been on the disabled list since May 11.
The good news is that the Orioles are still in first place and their pitching has been consistent, but they will need their offense to continue if they want to stick around come October. The AL East is one tight division. Even the last place Boston Red Sox are making a push to get out of the cellar. All five teams are separated by only six games.
by Andy Mindzak