Friday, July 19, 2013
By Todd Wills
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Crush Davis is coming to Arlington.
That's Baltimore's Chris Davis of course, the former Ranger who had a spectacular run up to the All-Star Game, hitting 37 home runs. He was the leading vote getter for the All-Star Game and participated in the home run derby.
The Orioles had three All-Star starters -- Davis, shortstop J.J. Hardy and outfielder Adam Jones. Third baseman Manny Machado made the team too after hitting the break with 39 doubles.
Here's what else to watch for as the Orioles hit town for the weekend:
Davis uses entire park: Davis' home run total is the most at the All-Star break since Barry Bonds had 39 on 2001. Davis has used the entire ballpark to unleash his home run barrage. According to Baseball-Reference.com, Davis has hit six home runs in left field, seven to left-center field, six to center field, nine to right-center field and nine to right field.
Orioles in 3rd place: Baltimore reached the break at 53-43 to put them 4 1/2 games behind Boston in the American League East. The Orioles will have to pass two teams to win the division with Tampa Bay getting hot leading up to the break and pulling into second place, 2 1/2 games behind the Red Sox.
Buck knows winning: With his next win, Baltimore manager Buck Showalter will become the fourth manager with 250 wins with four different clubs. Showalter won 313 with the New York Yankees, 250 with the Arizona Diamondbacks and his most came with the Rangers with 319 victories.
Machado knows hitting: Machado has 128 hits, passing Al Kaline's 122 hits in 1955 for the most hits before the All-Star break by a player under 22 years old. Machado's 39 doubles are the second most before the break in Major League history, trailing Edgar Martinez's 42 in 1996.
Potent offense: Tired of hearing about the Orioles' offense? Well, it carries this team. Baltimore is 42-20 when scoring four or more runs. The Birds are 42-33 when they hit a home run. The Rangers are 44-21 in games with a home run.