If I mention the Baltimore Orioles to most MLB fans around the nation, the first name most think of is Chris Davis. The Orioles first baseman is certainly worthy of the extra attention with a career year in most offensive categories and enough home runs to be the only player capable of holding back a repeat Triple Crown by Miguel Cabrera. Just a few feet away however Adam Jones, manning center field in superb fashion is also having a career year albeit quietly.
The highest batting average Jones has ever managed was .287 and this year he is sitting at .301. His average has dipped a little but he will probably have a few nice hit streaks between now and the end of the season to keep the average a career best mark. Last year Jones managed 32 homers and this season he has 27 with over a month to go. The chances are good that he will at least come within the same number if not overtake it.
RBI stats already sit at a career high with his current 94 besting his previous high by 11. The runs scored category will be tough to blow away but he only sits 16 back of that mark. All in all consider the fact that the Orioles are where they are right now not only thanks to Davis’ career year but also thanks to the much quieter career season of his teammate Jones. Though some might overlook Jones from afar throughout the season, I know every pitcher that sees him kicking dirt in the batter’s box knows exactly how good his season has been.