Chris Davis Has Struck Out in 21 Consecutive Games. His Personal Record – and the Orioles’ Team Record – Are Within Reach.

Chris Davis sat out the final two games of the Orioles’ series with the Boston Red Sox this week. Fans will therefore have to wait a bit longer to see if he can break another team record. Davis, whose 53 home runs in 2013 were the most in a season for an O’s player, is six games shy of tying the team record for most consecutive games with a strikeout.

Chris Davis, Baltimore Orioles

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Davis has struck out in 21 straight games between May 12 and his most recent appearance on June 11. That’s a half-dozen less than Steve Barber‘s 27 consecutive games with a strikeout between June 21, 1960, and June 23, 1961.

Barber, you may remember, was a pitcher who played for the Orioles prior to the American League’s introduction of the designated hitter in 1973. He averaged almost one strikeout while batting per game. Barber struck out 247 times in 253 games for the Orioles over the course of eight seasons starting in 1960.

Davis still has some work to do to catch Barber.
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The Baltimore Orioles Never Had a Blake Snell, But They Did Have a Bullet

Tampa Bay Rays lefty Blake Snell tied an American League record on Sunday by striking out seven consecutive batters to start the game against the Seattle Mariners. Snell finished with 12 strikeouts, which is one less than the baker’s dozen strikeouts he posted versus the Orioles in the final game of the 2017 season. He struck out six of the first eight Orioles batters in that contest. Baltimore Orioles Bob Turley Card.jpg

No Orioles pitcher has put up an effort quite like Snell’s to start a baseball game. Chris Tillman struck out five of the first six Minnesota Twins batters he faced on Opening Day 2016. Wei-Yin Chen struck out six of the first eight Oakland A’s batters, including striking out the side to start the game,  on July 29, 2012. Other similar examples can be found. However, not even the team record 15 strikeout games posted by Erik Bedard and Mike Mussina (twice) featured a sizzling beginning like Snell’s.

For this post, let’s focus on one of the first great strikeout performances in Orioles team history, and yes, it featured a fast start.

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On Boog Powell and Youthful Home Run Streaks in Baltimore

New York Yankees rookie Gleyber Torres became the youngest American League player to homer in four consecutive games on Friday. The 21-year-old second baseman beat the O’s best effort by roughly a year.Boog Powell discusses plate discipline and the Orioles' struggles

Boog Powell became the youngest Orioles batter to homer in four consecutive games during the 1964 season. The then 22-year-old Powell actually hit five home runs in a four-game stretch from June 2 through June 6, 1964, thanks to a multi-homer game versus the Kansas City Athletics on June 3.

(Manny Machado had just turned 23 when he homered in four consecutive games in 2015, in case you were wondering.)

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This Day in Orioles History: Jim Palmer Earns His First Win, Homers

Jim Palmer, Baltimore OriolesHave yourself a day Jim Palmer. The Hall of Fame pitcher earned his first win for the Baltimore Orioles on May 16, 1965, against the New York Yankees at Memorial Stadium. Palmer also homered to help the O’s to a 7-5 victory.

Pitching in relief of Dave McNally, who struggled through 2.1 innings of work, the 19-year-old Palmer tossed 3.2 innings, allowing two hits and one run while walking four and striking out one. It would be the first of 268 wins for Palmer, who appeared in 558 career games and made 521 starts.

Palmer hit the first of his three career home runs, this one coming against Yankees righty Jim Bouton, in the fourth inning. The clout scored Davey Johnson and cut New York’s lead in half.

Bouton allowed nine career home runs at Memorial Stadium, which tied with Fenway Park for the most he surrendered at any visiting ballpark. Palmer’s Orioles teammates Curt Blefary and Norm Siebern each totaled three career home runs against Bouton, which tied for the second-largest total of home runs against the future author of Ball Four.

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What do Manny Machado, Jonathan Schoop, and Joey Rickard Have in Common With Cal Ripken Jr., Albert Belle, and Brady Anderson?

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Multi-homer games are like extended losing streaks for the 2018 Baltimore Orioles. Despite the seeming frequency of each event, there was still something unique about what happened over the weekend when three different Orioles players had multiple homers in a game on three consecutive days.

Manny Machado homered twice on May 11 (ho-hum), Jonathan Schoop followed suit during the front end of the May 12 doubleheader, and Joey Rickard (Joey Rickard!) round-trippered things out with his own two-homer game during a 17-1 drubbing of the Rays on May 13.

That’s three consecutive days of multi-homer games, but notably not three consecutive games thanks to the Saturday doubleheader. For that we need to get into the Wayback Machine (or WABAC) and travel to 1999.

Machado, Schoop, and Rickard, meet Ripken, Belle, and Anderson.

Cal Ripken Jr., Albert Belle, and Brady Anderson each had a multi-homer game for the Orioles in three consecutive games in 1999. Ripken got things started with a two-homer effort on July 24, 1999, Belle went deep three times on July 25, 1999,  and Anderson hit two out on July 27, 1999. The Orioles did not play on July 26.

For context, the 2016 Orioles had the most two-homer games in team history with 22, but it never happened three days in a row that season.

The 2018 Orioles currently have eight multi-homer games, which ranks 27th in team history. The O’s have had at least 18 multi-homer games for three consecutive seasons starting in 2015. Can the 2018 Orioles extend that streak to four?

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Five Facts About Manny Machado and Multi-Homer Games for the Orioles

Manny Machado, Baltimore Orioles, Spring Training

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It used to mean something to say “I was there the time Manny Machado hit multiple home runs.” These days, not as much.

With his two home runs on Sunday versus the Cleveland Indians, Machado already has his third multi-homer game of the 2018 season. Prior to this year, he had only one multi-homer game in the month of April (April 23, 2015).

Here are five facts about Manny Machado and multi-homer games for the Baltimore Orioles.

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A Prior 5-11 Start in Baltimore Ended in “One of the Most Remarkable Scenes Maybe That You Will Ever See in Sport”

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Where will the 2018 Baltimore Orioles ultimately rank among all O’s teams to start a season 5-11?

A 5-11 start to a season has more often than not ended up on the positive side of the ledger for the Orioles with two such teams compiling 90 or more wins. However, there are also two teams with 90 or more losses in the bunch.

Here are the five other O’s teams to begin the season with a 5-11 record in rank order from best to worst.

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