Now that the calendar has turned to July, it’s time to take a look at where our beloved Baltimore Orioles stand nearly halfway through the season.
After a slow start to the season, the Orioles have certainly picked things up in June and have played ve ry well at home. While they are only (16-21) on the road, they are an impressive 26-15 at Camden Yards. So who have been the biggest contributors this season? Let’s take a look:
Manny Machado, 3B
As expected, Manny Machado has rebounded nicely in 2015 and is certainly back to his All-Star (more like All-World) form. He leads the team in games played, at-bats, hits (92), doubles (18), and stolen bases (11). Machado truly has been doing it all, he is also second on the team in average, hitting .303, RBIs (44) and second in homeruns with 16. Which leads us to…
Chris (Crush) Davis, 1B
While Chris Davis is known to strike out quite a bit, he is still hitting for power and producing at a high level leading the team in HR with 18 and RBIs with 49.
Wei-Yin Chen, SP
Although the wins don’t say it, Wei-Yin has been the most consistent starter for the Orioles in 2015. With a 2.84 ERA and 95.0 IP, Chen has struck out 78 hitters while only allowing 22 walks all season, which is an impressive ratio. If he keeps it up the wins should follow in the second half of the season.
Jiminez has been a pleasant surprise this season. He leads the team with 89 strikeouts in 87.1 innings. Now if you’re bad at math, that’s more than one per inning. He’s only allowed seven homeruns on the year and with a 3.09 ERA he has been as solid as they come in American League and is coming off of his best start of the season.
Who saw this coming into 2015? Relatively unknown, Gonzalez has solidified the starting rotation has allowed the least amount of hits by the starters while holding opponents to a .239 average.
The rotation has been solid overall and if they can keep being as consistent as they have been the 2015 Baltimore should hang around long enough to still have a chance to defend their AL East title. Thanks to the recent surge they sit atop the AL East with the New York Yankees sitting just a half game back and the Toronto Blue Jays and Tampa Bay Rays one game back.
Now that summer is in full swing, the season will definitely begin to heat up! Especially once the All-Star game comes and goes. That means it’s time to plan your trip to the ballpark! Stay with Holiday Inn Express at the Stadiums and enjoy the proximity to Camden Yards.
While you’re at it, make it a weekend getaway and experience all of Baltimore’s best attractions!