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The Orioles Are Good, But Very Lucky

The Baltimore Orioles are the American League East Champions this year, and rightfully so. This is a team led by veteran presences such as Matt Wieters and Chris Davis, along with youngster Manny Machado being the best young infielder in the game.

Wait, what happened? Okay, scratch that then. At least they have a pretty solid rotation led by offseason signing Ubaldo Jimenez, who will be the most trusted guy in their rotation in this upcoming postseason run.

Okay, now you just have to be messing with me. Is Adam Jones still there? Nelson Cruz? Okay, that’s a little relieving then.

Somehow, the Orioles won the division, and still deserved it the most. Even though most of their notable names went down for several different reasons, their replacements did good enough to ensure the team wins. The best example of this: Steve Pearce.

Steve Pearce is arguably the most valuable on the Orioles this season, and he doesn’t even have 400 plate appearances. He’s filled in wherever he needed to, whether that was at first when Davis went down with an injury (later with a suspension), or in left field when David Lough wouldn’t produce offensively. Pearce is currently 2nd on the team in overall WAR with 4.8 and could easily be a 5 WAR if he plays every game left in the regular season.

Here’s where the “luck factor” comes in. Steve Pearce was always labeled as an offensive prospect when he was in the Pirates organization, but just couldn’t find his groove when he eventually made it to the Majors. This led to him being bounced around in 2012, playing with the Orioles, Astros & Yankees. He eventually did make his way back to Baltimore in late September of that year. Before this season, Pearce has never finished a season with a WAR above 1 or played in more than 50 games. Whether this is the “real” Steve Pearce is yet to be determined, but right now, the Orioles don’t care.

Another example is Caleb Joseph. A 28 year old rookie catcher who had to take on a rotation that many viewed as less than average. Well, that “less than average” rotation has flourished in the 2nd half of this season with Joseph behind the plate for most of it. And for Joseph’s value? He will probably finish with a WAR at or around 1 (he’s currently at 0.9), which is more than the Orioles could have asked for from a guy who considered quitting baseball just a year ago.

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Want more examples of pure luck? How about late season acquisitions Alejandro De Aza and Jimmy Paredes. In 16 games in Baltimore, De Aza is slashing .308/.366/.554 with 2 home runs and 9 RBI’s. And for Paredes; he’s currently slashing .350/.381/.600 with 2 home runs and 8 RBI’s in 13 games. Now, obviously these are small sample sizes for players nobody would expect this kind of production from, but De Aza and Paredes have been two big parts in the last month of games for Baltimore.

With everything in life, luck is involved. You can’t escape it, no matter what you do. Obviously all of these players have the skill to be their absolute best, and that has obviously shown this season, but luck plays a big part in it as well. How this translates to postseason play is another thing, since it’s a completely different atmosphere. One thing is certain though: the Orioles will be playing in the playoff while Matt Wieters, Chris Davis, Manny Machado and Ubaldo Jimenez all have to watch.


Happy Birthday Chris Davis

Today is the birthday of somebody very important in my life, and hopefully your life. Today is the day all of the planets aligned, and the 2nd coming of Jesus was born, and his name is Christopher Lyn Davis. This amazing human being led the Majors with 53 HR’s and 138 RBI’s, even though RBI’s are completely useless to keep track of, but Davis still led in them. He also led the league in total bases with 370, and finished with a 1.004 OPS, which is very, very good. 

Now, let’s take a look at some of his home run stats, because those are very fun to read. Davis has hit three home runs off of Ivan Nova, Carlos Villaneuva, Ervin Santana, and Rick Porcello. Davis has hit most of his home runs against the Blue Jays (19), then the Yankees (14). His third career home run came off of former Oriole, Sidney Ponson, who is only one of five Aruba-born MLB players. Davis has hit two home runs off of Roberto Hernandez, both came after he changed his name from Fausto Carmona. On April 13 & 14, 2009, Davis hit home runs in back-to-back games against the Orioles, his current team. This happened again on April 25 & 26. 

On April 13, 2009, Davis hit a home run against the player he would be traded for, Koji Uehara. Davis only hit one home run in 2010, against his future teammate with the Orioles, Francisco Rodriguez. Davis’ 69th home run was hit on September 11, 2012 off of J.P. Howell. Davis hit a home run in four of the last five games of the 2012 season. Within the first four games of the 2013 season, Davis joined Willie Mays, Mark McGwire, and Nelson Cruz as one of four MLB players in history to hit a home run in each of the first four games at the beginning of a season. In the last four games before the 2013 All-Star Break, Davis hit a home run in each of the four games. On September 13, 2013, Davis became one of three people in Orioles history to hit 50 home runs in one season, joining Jim Gentile and Brady Anderson. 

To wrap all of these facts up, Davis only has one walk off home run, off Brandon Morrow. Only time will tell if Davis continues this kind of production, or he regresses, but for now, we can all enjoy all of these facts, and these great Chris Davis pictures/gifs. Happy Birthday, Chris.

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For our final gif, Buck Showalter sums up how we all feel about the God among us. Love you, Chris ❤