The Orioles Are Delightfully Offensive

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Nelson Cruz (Sarasota)

July 7, 2014

Monday night's win in Washington was fun, and I don't mean just a little bit.

The Orioles bullpen backed a solid outing by Chris Tillman with four innings of scoreless relief work that kept the O's alive long enough for the bats to hang a six spot on the Nationals in the 11th inning. I won't go as far as to say it was a religious experience, but I will let the whole church say ... "Let's Go O's!" After all, it's what the entire ballpark seemed to be saying by the end of the game.

That downright silly final inning featured three Orioles homers and a double. It was the 11th time the O's have scored five or more runs in an inning this season, which ranks second only to the Detroit Tigers (12) in all of baseball.

With apologies to Alicia Keyes, and my readers, these bats are on fire. 

Want further evidence?

  • The Orioles have been shut out six times in 2014. Know what else they've done six times in 2014? Scored eight runs in a game.
     
  • Two Orioles batters, Nelson Cruz and Manny Machado, have had five-hit games within two days of each other. Roughly 80 O's players overall have had five-hit games; at best they typically came within a couple of years of each other, not days.
     
  • The O's are second in the majors for home runs and hits and are top five in all of baseball for slugging percentage and OPS.
     
  • Cruz leads the majors in home runs and RBI. He's already homered three times in the month of July and is projected to finish with more than 50 home runs on the season. After having two individual 50 home run seasons in franchise history (Brady Anderson in 1996 and Chris Davis in 2013) to this point, the Orioles could have back-to-back 50 home run seasons.

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