Sheesh, what a week that was, eh?
We all know how much of a roller coaster a 162-game season is, but it feels like we’ve been through about a dozen loops and twists in the span of seven days.
First, there was Adam Jones versus a few classless ‘Sox fans on Monday, followed by the Manny Machado versus Chris Sale incident on Tuesday, Kevin Gausman versus Sam Holbrook on Wednesday, and finally, Machado’s ”Slow trot heard around the world” on Thursday.
Long story short, things got stupid in Boston- to the point where you questioned if you were watching MASN or the WWE on TNT.
But wait! It finally gets better.
In the aftermath of a rough week, the Orioles were able to brush off the four days of media-crazed madness in Boston and come up with a huge sweep of a red-hot White Sox squad at home over the weekend.
The good vibes have been restored in Birdland. We’re back to focusing less on the nonsense drama and you know, more on baseball. And that’s always a good thing.
You know what’s even better? Ending the week at a season-high ten games above .500 at 20-10. Now that’s more like it.
The motto of the week? All’s well that ends well. Especially when it ends on a season-high four-game winning streak.
Let’s look at a few takeaways:
-The O’s will also carry a sparkling 11-3 record at Camden Yards with them into Monday night’s clash versus Washington.
– The Orioles are 13-2 when scoring four runs or more, and they are 14-4 when they hit at least one home run in a game.
– After a rough trip to the Bronx which resulted in an 8.16 ERA last weekend, the Orioles starters have responded well by recording a 3.41 ERA over the past week. Their ERA versus Chicago was a stellar 2.31.
-The bullpen was also tagged in New York, but like the starters, have responded superbly. The bullpen ended the week with a stout 2.12 ERA over the last seven games, and posted a 2.30 ERA versus the White Sox.
-The offense seems like they are finally starting to break out. After hitting .305 as a team versus Chicago while scoring 14 runs on three homers, the O’s are now hitting .273 as a team over their last ten games while scoring 53 runs (5.3 per game) on ten home runs.
– In addition, after going a ridiculous 11-for-26 with runners in scoring position versus Chicago, the Orioles are now hitting .318 (27-for-85) in that category over their last ten games.
Now it’s time for the ‘three stars of the week:
Trey Mancini. The new kid on the block is catching fire again. After going 3-for-6 with a pair of RBI versus the Red Sox, Mancini played a pivotal part in the sweep of the White Sox over the weekend by going 5-for-7 with a home run and four RBI. Add it up, and he’s now 8-for-13 at the plate over a current four-game hitting streak. The O’s star rookie now ranks second on the team in home runs (6) and RBI (18) and third in batting average (.297).
Dylan Bundy. After impressing the world again with a pair of wins versus Boston and Chicago, Bundy is now tied for the league-lead in wins (5), leads the majors in quality starts (7) and ranks seventh in the AL in ERA (2.17). The Orioles rising ace has been simply remarkable over his last five starts, going 4-0 with a sparkling 1.95 ERA.
Simply put, where would the Orioles be without this guy?
Manny Machado. Aside from all the nonsense, Machado did his best to stick it to the Red Sox by cranking three homers and driving in six runs at Fenway. He then was a major catalyst in the sweep of Chicago by going 4-for-11 with three runs, one homer and two RBI.
Machado has been sensational as of late, going 14-for-45 (.311) with twelve runs, five homers and eleven RBI over his last eleven contests. He’s also 6-for-16 with two homers and five RBI over a current four-game hitting streak. As a result of his efforts, he now leads the team in home runs (8) and RBI (21).
Watch out, MLB. Machado’s on fire.