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Entries in Baltimore Orioles (38)

Saturday
Apr062013

Chris Davis is Making Earl Weaver Proud

Chris Davis is one pace to blast 162 homers and drive in 648 runs during the 2013 season. Okay, so the O's first baseman probably won't put Barry Bonds and Hack Wilson to shame this year. But he is off to an historic start, becoming just the fourth player ever to begin the season with a home run in each of his first four games (Willie Mays, Mark McGwire and Nelson Cruz are the others). Davis' eighth-inning grand slam against the Twins was especially fitting on a night when Baltimore honored the late Earl Weaver, who abhorred bunting and played for the big inning with sluggers like Boog Powell and Eddie Murray. Here's how Davis has made the Earl of Baltimore proud.

  • Davis has hit two homers apiece off right-handers (Roberto Hernandez and Jeremy Hellickson) and lefties (Jake McGee and Tyler Robertson). The lefty slugger was lousy against same-handed pitching early on during his big league career (he batted .236 and slugged .418 in 298 plate appearances against left-handers from 2008-11), but he's now batting .267 and slugging .533 in 126 PA versus lefties since the beginning of the 2012 season. The sample size is small, but he has significantly cut his miss rate against lefties from 2008-11 (35%) to 2012-present (26.5%).
  • Three of his four homers have come on pitches thrown on the outside corner of the plate, with Davis flicking two of them to the opposite field and pulling one to right. Davis has hit 15 homers on pitches thrown outside since the beginning of 2012, tying him with Edwin Encarnacion for third-most among MLB hitters.

Most HR on pitches thrown outside, 2012-Present

  • Two of Davis' homers have come on the first pitch. He has as many first-pitch homers from 2012-13 (nine) as former free-swinging teammate Josh Hamilton, and he ranks in the top ten among all MLB batters in first-pitch HR over that time frame.
  • Davis also has two home runs on soft stuff, driving a slider and a changeup over the fence. You might think that a hulking, high-strikeout slugger like Davis would struggle against breaking and off-speed pitches, but he actually has the second-most HR in the majors on curves, sliders and changeups since 2012.

Most HR on breaking and off-speed pitches, 2012-13

 

 

Saturday
Jan192013

RIP, Earl Weaver

"On my tombstone just write, 'The sorest loser that ever lived.'"

-- Earl Weaver to The Washington Post, 1986

Baseball lost one of its biggest winners recently, as Earl Weaver passed away at the age of 82. The longtime Baltimore Orioles skipper abhorred bunting, played for the three-run homer and agitated umpires with cap-spinning, dirt-kicking, full-throated fury belying his Napoleon-esque frame. Weaver compiled a 1,480-1,060 record in 17 seasons with the O's, good for the ninth-highest winning percentage (.583) all-time among major league managers.

In honor of the salty sabermetric pioneer, here are the batters who have hit the most Earl Weaver Specials during the Pitch F/X era. Mark Reynolds has blasted a MLB-high 24 three-run homers since the beginning of the 2008 season. Ryan Howard, Adam Dunn and Alfonso Soriano have also given Earl plenty to smile about:

Most 3-Run Home Runs in the majors, 2008-12

Batter3-Run HRs
Mark Reynolds 24
Ryan Howard 23
Adam Dunn 22
Alfonso Soriano 22
Carlos Pena 21
Miguel Cabrera 20
Mark Teixeira 20
Jim Thome 20
Prince Fielder 19
Adrian Gonzalez 19
Matt Holliday 19
Ryan Braun 18
Brian McCann 18
David Ortiz 18
Nelson Cruz 17
Jason Kubel 17
Albert Pujols 17
Dan Uggla 17
Joey Votto 17
Lance Berkman 16

 

Wednesday
Sep192012

Nine to Know: Extra! Extra! Orioles win in 18

You simply don’t want to go into extra-innings against the Baltimore Orioles.

It took the O’s 18 innings and 5 hours and 44 minutes but the amazing Orioles (84-64) pulled within a percentage point of the rained-out Yankees (83-63) by defeating the Mariners, 4-2.

I love the magic of Cinderella teams.

Here’s your Orioles Nine to Know:

1. Baltimore has now won 14 straight extra-inning games, including nine on the road, for the longest extra-inning win streak since the 1949 Cleveland Indians who won 19 straight.

2. The winning hit was a blooped pinch-hit single provided by Taylor Teagarden. Teagarden is now hitting .152 on the season. He has seven hits this season and eight RBI. Six of Teagarden’s hits have driven in runs with three driving in extra inning runs:

GtmDate OppRsltInngsPAABRH2BHRRBI
87 (86) Jul 14   DET W,8-6 11-GF(13) 2 2 1 1 0 1 2
100 (1) Jul 27   OAK L,9-14 CG 5 5 1 1 0 0 0
108 (2) Aug 5 @ TBR W,1-0 CG(10) 4 4 0 1 1 0 1
130 (5) Aug 30   CHW W,5-3 CG 3 3 1 2 1 1 2
143 (3) Sep 13   TBR W,3-2 GS-13 5 3 0 1 1 0 2
148 Sep 18 @ SEA W,4-2 18-GF(18) 1 1 0 1 0 0 1
Provided by Baseball-Reference.comView Original Table
Generated 9/19/2012.

3. Jim Johnson earned his 44th save of the season.

4. The Orioles are 7-0 in games that go at least 13 innings in 2012.

5. The Orioles, who scored two in the 9th to send this game in extras, are now 4-61 this season when trailing after eight. The Yankees are 0-54.

6. It was the fourth time the Orioles have played 18 innings in their history, and the first since consecutive 18-inning games on Aug. 24 and 25, 1969. Here the longest games in franchise history:

RkDateTmOppRsltIP
1 2012-09-18 BAL SEA W 4-2 18.0
2 1968-08-25 BAL BOS W 3-2 18.0
3 1967-06-04 BAL WSA W 7-5 19.0
4 1959-08-06 BAL CHW T 1-1 18.0
5 1952-07-01 SLB CLE L 3-4 18.2
6 1952-06-20 SLB WSH T 5-5 18.0
7 1921-08-09 SLB WSH W 8-6 19.0
Provided by Baseball-Reference.comView Play Index Tool Used
Generated 9/19/2012.

7. The Orioles have seven walk-off wins and NO walk-off losses.

8. The Orioles held the Mariners 0 for 17 with runners in scoring position. Here is an important stat: Take a look at the batting average against in the AL this season and you’ll see the Mariners are the only team in the top nine who are not in the postseason hunt:

Rk BAOBPSLGOPS
1 OAK .240 .318 .356 .673
2 NYY .243 .318 .386 .705
3 DET .249 .320 .384 .705
4 LAA .249 .328 .399 .727
5 TBR .258 .346 .382 .728
6 BAL .259 .348 .390 .738
7 TEX .261 .323 .415 .738
8 SEA .253 .328 .419 .748
9 CHW .254 .346 .405 .751
10 KCR .260 .341 .414 .754
11 TOR .250 .335 .420 .755
12 BOS .267 .350 .424 .773
13 MIN .288 .360 .447 .807
14 CLE .286 .358 .460 .818
  TOT .259 .338 .408 .746
Provided by Baseball-Reference.comView Original Table
Generated 9/19/2012.

9. And in the end…Fewer than a thousand fans remained from the initial 12,608 at Safeco Field who were at the game at its peak.

Not one .300 hitter played in the game…

Here’s the Orioles box score:

BattingABRHRBIBBSOBA
Nate McLouth LF 6 2 3 0 1 0 .244
J.J. Hardy SS 6 1 2 0 1 1 .237
Chris Davis DH 4 0 1 2 0 1 .261
   Xavier Avery PR-DH 3 0 0 0 0 1 .223
   Taylor Teagarden PH-DH 1 0 1 1 0 0 .152
Adam Jones CF 7 0 0 0 0 3 .285
Matt Wieters C 7 0 0 0 1 3 .248
Mark Reynolds 1B 7 0 0 1 0 1 .228
Manny Machado 3B 8 0 1 0 0 3 .264
Endy Chavez RF 6 0 0 0 0 0 .210
   Lew Ford PH-RF 1 0 0 0 0 0 .172
Robert Andino 2B 2 0 0 0 0 0 .211
   Ryan Flaherty PH-2B 1 1 1 0 0 0 .216
   Steven Tolleson PH-2B 1 0 1 0 0 0 .188
   Omar Quintanilla PH-2B 2 0 0 0 1 0 .244
Team Totals 62 4 10 4 4 13 .161
Provided by Baseball-Reference.comView Original Table
Generated 9/19/2012.

Here’s the Mariners box score:

BattingABRHRBIBBSOBA
Dustin Ackley 2B-1B 8 0 3 0 0 1 .234
Franklin Gutierrez CF 8 0 1 0 0 3 .250
Kyle Seager 3B-2B 7 0 2 0 1 1 .258
Jesus Montero DH 8 0 0 0 0 2 .259
Michael Saunders LF 5 0 0 0 0 3 .247
   Trayvon Robinson LF 3 0 1 0 0 2 .218
Justin Smoak 1B 5 0 3 0 0 1 .204
   Chone Figgins PR-3B 2 0 0 0 1 1 .183
Casper Wells RF 7 1 1 0 1 1 .220
Miguel Olivo C 5 1 1 2 3 1 .209
Brendan Ryan SS 3 0 0 0 0 0 .190
   John Jaso PH 0 0 0 0 0 0 .277
   Alex Liddi PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 .234
   Munenori Kawasaki SS 0 0 0 0 0 0 .196
   Eric Thames PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 .235
   Carlos Triunfel SS 1 0 0 0 0 0 .200
   Mike Carp PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 .217
Team Totals 65 2 12 2 6 18 .185
Provided by Baseball-Reference.comView Original Table
Generated 9/19/2012.
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