By David Atlas on May 25, 2014
Despite being hit rather hard by the injury bug, the Baltimore Orioles have done a good job to win baseball games. As a team they’ve been very inconsistent, but here’s five of the team’s players who have carried the team throughout the first quarter or so of the year.
Darren O’Day and Zach Britton have been far and away the team’s most consistent pitchers and without them, the Orioles' bullpen would likely be a disaster. Britton has become the team’s closer and with his 0.70 ERA, he looks like the best relief pitcher in baseball right now. O’Day has also been a pillar of consistency; his 0.95 ERA reflects that.
Markakis hasn’t wowed anybody at the plate, but he’s been fantastic in the field and once again, is one of the team’s most consistent hitters. Markakis is hitting .299 with three home runs and 16 RBIs while setting the table for the rest of the offense.
Adam Jones takes plenty of unwarranted criticism from the Baltimore faithful, but in reality, he’s one of the game’s best outfielders and the face of the franchise. Jones is hitting .296 with six home runs and 26 RBIs and those numbers are bound to improve with Davis’ resurgence at the plate.
Two weeks ago Chris Davis was one of the biggest disappointments of the year, but now he’s on a tear. The slugger is hitting .260 with seven homers and 25 RBIs on the season and in his last 10 games he’s hit .314 with five home runs and 12 RBIs. Davis is back and Baltimore couldn’t be happier.
Without Nelson Cruz, the Orioles' offense would have likely have been among the worst in baseball for the first few weeks of the season. Cruz is earning every penny of his paycheck this season, hitting .291 with 15 home runs and 43 RBIs. It’s safe to say he’s been the heart of the team’s lineup thus far.
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