5 Baltimore Orioles Who Should Be 2013 MLB All-Stars
5 Baltimore Orioles That Should be All-Stars
The Baltimore Orioles were the surprise team of the MLB in 2012, making the playoffs for the first time since 1997. With one of the youngest, most talented lineups in baseball, it's easy to see why the Orioles are so fun to watch.
Drawing record crowds in 2012, they experienced some of their best support in a decade and that support is evident with the recent All-Star Game balloting. I say this because there are four Orioles that are in a good position to start in the 2013 All-Star Game while a couple others could make the squad as backups.
Sitting 11 games over the .500 mark, the Orioles have been solid all season long. Trailing just the Boston Red Sox, the Orioles are in a good position to make a run in the second half of the season. They are just 2.5 games out of first place and with the firepower that the Orioles have, I wouldn't be surprised if they overtook the top spot come October.
Baltimore is arguably the best offensive team in baseball and with Chris Davis leading the league in homers and second in RBI, they could have a potential Triple Crown contender on their hands.
A lesser-known player before the 2013 season, Davis has anchored the middle of the lineup and has put himself on pace to hit 60 home runs -- a number we haven't seen in quite some time -- and rack up over 150 RBIs.
While Davis is an obvious choice to make the All-Star team, who are the other four Orioles who have earned it?
Adam Jones has become a star in the last three seasons. The 27-year-old center fielder is hitting .292 with 15 home runs and 57 RBIs. While he doesn't get on base as much as he should with a .315 on-base percentage, he's still one of the top young hitters in the league.
In easily his best season in MLB, Tommy Hunter has been a gem out of the bullpen. He has been the ideal setup man for the Orioles and has the lowest ERA on the roster, helping ensure many games go the Orioles' way. He has 10 holds this season and has helped out majorly in quite a few of closer Jim Johnson's 28 saves.
As one of the youngest guys that will probably make the All-Star Game this season, the 20-year-old Manny Machado is the king of doubles. He's hitting .321 this season to go along with 38 two-baggers. With just six homers, his power numbers are sure to come with his solid hitting as time goes on.
Having his best season in his fourth major league season, Chris Tillman has become the Orioles' best starting pitcher in 2013. In 17 starts this season, the 25-year-old right-handed pitcher has a 10-2 record and the best ERA in the starting rotation at 3.68. Although he doesn't strike out many at a 7.27 K/9 rate, he has been the most consistent starter this season.
Prior to the 2013 season, Davis couldn't figure out how to hit for power as well as average. He used to be a strikeout master, struggling to hit over .250 with the Texas Rangers. He was considered a bust until he got a second chance by being traded to the Orioles two seasons ago. He hit 33 homers in 2012 with a .270 average and already has 31 homers with 80 RBIs in the first half of 2013. He's a lock for the All-Star Game.