The Baltimore Orioles best 1-2 punch is actually their 3-4.
The O’s boast the best 3-4 hitters in all of the majors this season. Don’t believe me? Go ahead, check the stats…I’ll wait…
Currently Chris Davis leads all of baseball with 50 home runs, and his 131 runs batted in are second to only Miguel Cabrera. Davis is also holding his batting average high with a .294 mark. Adam Jones is also having himself a good season in the clean-up spot, batting .293 with 31 HR and 102 RBI. As a matter of fact, there are currently only eight players in all of baseball with 100 or more runs batted in. Two of those players are Baltimore’s 3-4 hitters.
Toronto has a nice 1-2 punch—when they’re both healthy—in Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista, the latter of which is out for the rest of the season with a left hip-bone bruise.
Not too far away are the Washington Nationals who feature Jayson Werth and Bryce Harper, but neither of which come close to the power of Chris Davis or even Adam Jones for that matter.
The New York Yankees have a decent 3-4 punch with Robinson Cano and Alfonso Soriano, but let’s be honest, I wouldn’t be afraid to pitch to Soriano in a clutch situation (hint: slider in the dirt).
There’s Cincinnati with Joey Votto and Jay Bruce. Votto is batting .308 this year with 23 HR and 70 RBI while Bruce is batting .264 with 29 HR and 93 RBI. Good numbers all around, just not as good as Davis and Jones.
Matt Holliday and Carlos Beltran from St. Louis are both good hitters and definitely make that lineup a lot scarier, but combined between them, they have 42 home runs. Davis and Jones have almost twice that with 81.
Detroit probably has the second best 3-4 hitters in the league this season with Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder. Cabrera is the best hitter in all of baseball. Hands down. Fielder on the other hand has been struggling a bit this year. He has 24 HR and 102 RBI, but he is batting .280, which is still good, but not Jones good.
Whether the Orioles make the playoffs or not (currently they sit 2.5 games out as of Monday) their 3-4 hitters were the best of 2013.
by Andy Mindzak