It’s taken until halfway through May, but finally it looks like the real Baltimore Orioles‘ offense has showed up. Throughout most of the season, the offense was underwhelming, struggling to score and at times seemingly disappearing. But now, as the weather heats up, it looks like the Orioles’ offense is doing the same.
Injuries to Chris Davis, Manny Machado and J.J. Hardy certainly played a role in hindering the Orioles’ production at the plate, but now, even with Matt Wieters on the disabled list, the Orioles’ offense looks like a force to be reckoned with.
Beginning with their last game against the Kansas City Royals, the Orioles have now scored more than five runs in three-consecutive games. You have to go all the way back to May 1 against the Pittsburgh Pirates to find another game where the O’s offense put up more than five runs.
And in these three games (especially in the two-game set with the Pirates), the Orioles have gotten some serious production from their best offensive players from last season that weren’t producing all that much this season.
Machado has impressed lately, after starting the year on the DL he looks like the guy he was just a year ago. Machado is 5-for-14 in the last three games with a pair of runs batted in. Hardy is finally starting to come around as well, the shortstop is 7-for-14 in his last three games, including a pair of RBIs. After a slow start to the season he’s starting to heat up too.
But most importantly is the sudden resurgence of Davis at the plate. The slugger has been on an absolute tear in his last three games, going 6-for-12 with three home runs and six RBIs in that span.
With the vast majority of their lineup hitting and healthy, the Orioles are only going to get more dangerous as the weather heats up and the baseball travels further. The rest of the league better take notice.