Want to see the O's offense produce? Better tune in early

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Aug. 21, 2013

Tune in early, tune out late. That's my advice for Orioles fans in terms of maintaining sanity this season. It's the antithesis of Orioles Magic. However, after looking at O's pitching by inning earlier this week and now O's hitting by inning, it seems the Birds fly south as the games wear on. 

You wouldn't know it much from watching recent games, but the Orioles have a potent offense this season. Batting tends to fluctuate more during the course of a season than does pitching, which is one of many reasons why the latter is so valuable. Even with those offensive fluctuations, a pattern has emerged with the O's this season where they're better early than they are late.

The Orioles have scored their most runs this season and hit the majority of their home runs within the first three innings. The third inning in particular has been good to the O's as it has featured the most runs (84), highest batting average (.288), and best on-base percentage (.334). 

The question that naturally comes to mind for me is this: What has Chris Davis done in those early innings? As you'd expect, given the team's trend, Davis wields a particularly hot bat early in the game. Twenty of his 45 home runs have come in the first three innings, 10 of them in the second inning alone.

Here's the rundown on some O's offensive stats by inning:

HR
4th inning - 29
3rd inning - 26
2nd inning 26

Innings 1-3: 68
Innings 4-6: 50
Innings 7-9: 46

Runs
3rd inning - 84
1st inning - 78
7th inning - 71

Innings 1-3: 228
Innings 4-6: 178
Innings 7-9: 177

Hits
1st inning - 158
3rd inning - 145
2nd inning - 134

Avg.
3rd inning - .288
2nd inning - .272
7th inning - .266

OBP
3rd inning - .334
2nd inning - .323
5th inning - .311

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