O’s Odds and Ends: The Appreciation Edition.
The rundown: Luke Scott deserves appreciation, Brian Matusz looks like he’ll earn some of his own, and the O’s would appreciate having their names prounounced correctly.
-He’s been the American League Player of the Week. Curtis Granderson figuratively tipped his cap to him back in June. And after his career-high seven RBI night during the O’s 12-4 victory Tuesday in Seattle, Luke Scott is the talk of the town. Still, it doesn’t seem like enough given the effort that Scott has put together so far during a season that he entered with an uncertain role.
Scott’s 17 homers lead the team, and he’s third in RBIs behind Aubrey Huff and Nick Markakis. This despite the fact that he’s sixth on the team in at-bats, more than 80 behind Adam Jones and Huff and more than 100 behind Markakis. He leads the team (minus Danys Baez … no, seriously) in slugging percentage, and his .981 OPS would rank third in the American League had he played in enough games to qualify in the rankings. (Note: Scott has only seven fewer at-bats than the Rays’ Ben Zobrist who leads the American Leage with a .998 OPS.)
Earlier this season Scott became the first Oriole to homer in four straight games since Miguel Tejada in 2005. His consecutive multi-homer games as part of that binge were the first for the club since Albert Belle did it in 2000. On Tuesday, he became first O’s player to drive in seven runs in a game since Ramon Hernandez on May 23, 2006. His seven RBIs were two off the club record, set by Jim Gentile against the Twins on May 9, 1961.
Say it loud, say it proud: Luuuuuuuuuuuuuuuke.
Other O’s odds and ends:
-As the O’s faced their former homegrown, left-handed ace in the Emerald State on Tuesday, a new homegrown, left-handed ace took the mound in Bowie and pitched a gem.
Brian Matusz fanned 11, walked none, and allowed just one hit for the Baysox in a 6-0 victory over the Harrisburg Senators. Matusz started his Bowie career in June with a six-inning, 10 strikeout “masterpiece” against the Reading Phillies.
Matusz and Man Crush both start with the letter “M.” Coincidence?
-Could someone please send an Orioles media guide to the folks in Bristol?
One day after changing Kam Mickolio’s first name to “Kim,” the SportsCenter crew messed up Dave Trembley’s last name. ESPN’s Steve Levy called Trembley by the name “Trombley” twice on Tuesday morning.