Rio Ruiz has really come into his own in his second season in Baltimore. The 26-year-old has put up an .885 OPS (141 OPS+), with four home runs, a double, and nine RBI through 49 plate appearances. He was out with an injury for a few games last week, during which time the Birds lost four of the seven games they’ve lost all season.
That prompted the following light bulb over my head:
ORIOLES – RIO = LOSE
— Eutaw Street is Empty Report (@EutawStReport) August 6, 2020
I mean, they are 8-3 when he plays, and 1-4 when he doesn’t. That’s just math.
Throw in his gorgeous flowing mullet, and Rio is quickly becoming a fan favorite in Baltimore.
Now, if only Scott Garceau could pronounce his name…
– Scott Garceau
— Ryan (@ryguyblake) August 13, 2020
Last night, Ruiz made one of the more ridiculous plays at third base that you’ll ever see. We won’t quite say it would make Brooks Robinson or Manny Machado proud, because it wasn’t pretty, but it darn sure got the job done, and that’s what matters.
Whatever works. ¯_(ツ)_/¯ pic.twitter.com/VesAvNkf4X
— MLB (@MLB) August 13, 2020
The kid is fun to watch.