Cedric Mullins Was Showing Out Against The Best In The AL

Cedric Mullins Was Showing Out Against The Best In The AL

Baltimore Orioles center fielder Cedric Mullins got some much-needed rest during the All-Star break. Even though he wasn’t selected to play in this year’s All-Star Game, Mullins has put together a productive season.

 

 

And he plans to make some noise during the second half of the season. Well, he’s certainly off to the right start on making that happen. The Orioles have had some success during the month of July, going on a 10-game winning streak at the beginning of the month.

There’s no question that the American League East is one of the toughest divisions in all of baseball this season, and the Orioles have held their own for the most part. And having a leader like Mullins on the team certainly helps.

The Orioles returned from the All-Star break taking on one of the best teams in the league, in the New York Yankees. In the first two games of the series, Mullins stepped up and reminded everyone why he’s one of the best in the league.

 

JP Crawford & Cedric Mullins Are Changing The Culture One At Bat At A Time

 

Mullins, a 2021 All-Star and Silver Slugger Award winner, went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in the first game of the series.

The next game he played a significant role in helping the Orioles come back and win 6-3. He finished the game with a 2-for-3 performance at the plate with two RBI and a run scored. He also had a stolen base.

He finished the series with a hit in each game.

Our MLBbro is not afraid of the big stage and when the game is on the line, you better believe he’s going to find a way to come through for his team. Throughout the season, there have been some trade rumors involving Mullins, but nothing has been verified.

 

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Either way, Mullins is going to give full effort every time he steps on the field. This game is a business and at the end of the day, you can only control what you can control. And for Mullins, that is trying to put his team in a position to make a run at a Wild Card spot.

There’s no question that Mullins can provide value for any team he’s a part of.

If the Orioles do decide to keep Mullins around, the next few months for the talented outfielder will be crucial time.

 

 

Don’t let Mullins catch fire like he did last season, because it’s going to be bad for opposing teams. And he still has a shot at another 30-homer, 30-steal season, even though he’s only hit seven home runs on the season, with 20 stolen bases.

So don’t count him out just yet.

Mullins is a player who will continue to grow and will get better and better as his career progresses. It’s going to be exciting following him and seeing all the things he’s yet to do. 

JP Crawford & Cedric Mullins Are Changing The Culture One At Bat At A Time

JP Crawford & Cedric Mullins Are Changing The Culture One At Bat At A Time

As the All-Star break approaches, two AL teams, the Seattle Mariners and the Baltimore Orioles are scorching hot, each with double-digit winning streaks. Wouldn’t you know, there’s an MLBbro at the helm of each of these winning streaks… JP Crawford and Cedric Mullins.

In the O’s winning streak, Mullins is batting .307, with one home run and six RBI. He has an on-base percentage of .386 and a slugging percentage of .487 during that span.

 

Crawford has a batting average of .292, hitting no home runs and five RBI. His on-base percentage during this stretch is .333, to go with a .366 slugging percentage. He has only struck out twice during the M’s 11-game winning streak. 

 

Baltimore has been in a rebuild for at least the past four years, basically waving the white flag when they traded away their superstar third baseman Manny Machado back in 2018 to the LA Dodgers. Ever since the trade, there have been very limited bright spots for Orioles fans to look forward to. Mullins has been one.

 

Mullins was drafted in the 13th round of the 2015 draft, and made his big league debut in 2018. In 2021, despite Baltimore tying for the worst record in Baseball, he had a career year, batting .291, with 30 home runs, 59 RBI, to go with an on-base percentage of .360 and a slugging percentage of .568. In addition to winning the Silver Slugger award, he ended up being the only Oriole to make the All-Star team in a year in which he became the first Oriole in franchise history to be a part of the 30-30 club, having stolen 30 bases in 2021 as well.

 

“I think he’s just getting better and better… how far he has come defensively from my first year in 2019 is unbelievable” said Brandon Hyde, the Orioles manager. Hyde wants fans to realize he is a great defensive player as well, emphasizing that he’s not just good with the bat, but an elite all-around player.

 

Crawford, who was a first round pick in 2013 by the Philadelphia Phillies, had made serious improvements to his game on the offensive side. In 2017 and 2018, his first two seasons in the pros, he batted .214 in each year. When he was dealt to the Mariners in 2019, the change of scenery changed everything. He has improved his batting average every single year, peaking in 2021, having a batting average of .273. He also has done well on the defensive side, as he ended up winning a Gold Glove in the 2020 campaign.

 

Crawford signed a 51 million dollar extension earlier this year, as he is seen as Seattle’s shortstop for the foreseeable future. “He’s (Crawford) an incredibly competitive player who has become an integral part of our team, both on the field and in the clubhouse” said general manager and president of baseball operations Jerry Dipoto.

 

The Mariners are currently in the AL Wildcard, with the Orioles only being one and a half games back of the final slot. The Mariners have not made the playoffs in 20 years, and the Orioles have been arguably the worst team in baseball of the last half decade. This season has huge potential to be stepping stones in the right direction for both franchises, and Crawford and Mullins will play huge roles to possibly write a new page in their respective franchises histories. 

 

Orioles Centerfielder Cedric “CM STORM” Mullins Has Led Team To Surprising Start Amidst Ownership Power Struggle

Orioles Centerfielder Cedric “CM STORM” Mullins Has Led Team To Surprising Start Amidst Ownership Power Struggle

The Baltimore Orioles have to be the surprise of the MLB season thus far. For a team that was predicted to finish with just 61 victories this season, the lowest in the majors, being 43-44 just past the halfway mark is very surprising. The team has been the “cardiac birds,” as of late during their eight-game unbeaten streak.

All this despite a nasty ongoing power struggle between owner Peter Angelos’ sons and his wife. During this run no player in orange and black has shined brighter than centerfielder Cedric Mullins.

 

Mullins’ play as of late has drawn praise from manager Brandon Hyde, who loves how his stud centerfielder is playing. Following Saturday’s win over the Los Angeles Angels, Hyde had this to say about “CM Storm” in his postgame presser.

 “Mullins has been impressive at the plate, but his defense has been outstanding.”

 

 

Mullins is the straw that stirs the drink in Baltimore and for him and the Orioles to be playing this competitively while the franchise is in turmoil is a true sign of players just playing. It’s that, and the leadership displayed by Mullins and the aforementioned manager Hyde.

Mullins Leading Orioles Amidst Power Struggle

In 2021, Mullins was voted an All-Star, and deservingly so, as the speedy outfielder joined the exclusive 30-30 club, which is homers and stolen bases.

The team was putrid, but he was definitely a bright spot. This season he hasn’t been as good, but he’s coming on as of late. His speed-power combo is one of the best in the game.

Mullins And Os Trending Upward As Ownership Battle Looms

Mullins and the O’s are accomplishing this while their owners are at war. When Peter Angelos fell ill in 2017 he established a trust in which his sons and wife would share in the daily operations and decision-making of the franchise. But his son John, along with wife Georgia have taken control of the team, ostracizing his other son Louis. But Louis isn’t going down without a fight, as he’s suing both in Baltimore Circuit Court, claiming if they keep control the team could be moved out of Baltimore, to Tennessee.

 

 

According to the Baltimore Banner, here’s what the lawsuit is about.

 “John intends to maintain absolute control over the Orioles — to manage, to sell, if he chooses, to move the team to Tennessee (where he has a home and his wife’s career is headquartered) — without having to answer to anyone,” the lawsuit states.

John was voted “control person,” in 2020, while Louis was working in the top role at the family’s law firm.

With that ongoing never-ending battle, it’s amazing how Mullins and the team continue to persevere, not knowing if they’ll even be in Charm City much longer.

 Are Orioles On The Rise? Hope So

There’s no way to avoid having 72 of 162 games against the AL East gauntlet of the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Tampa Bay Rays and Toronto Blue Jays. But the O’s are currently armed with the top farm system in the majors, and that means a lot going forward. With the trade deadline approaching many believe teams will come after Mullins.

 

 

With a plethora of outfielders in their farm system, the O’s could move Mullins and probably still be okay in the long run. But based on his leadership and play, he’s cemented himself as a part of the new Orioles culture. He’s the catalyst. They’d have to get an offer they just can’t refuse to move CM Storm. 

The Orioles Are Showing Signs Of Turning Around | Now They Need To Trade Cedric Mullins

The Orioles Are Showing Signs Of Turning Around | Now They Need To Trade Cedric Mullins

The Baltimore Orioles did something in the month of June that they have not done in almost four years. As strange as it sounds, this was the first month since August 2017 that the Orioles finished a month with a winning percentage over .500. It is a sad day when a team must make a celebration out of such a mediocre accomplishment. One bright spot to focus on is the recent hot streak that MLBbro Cedric Mullins has been on. While the Orioles reside in the cellar of the American League East, and figure to remain there for the rest of the year, other teams are wondering what it will take to move the versatile center fielder.

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Cedric “CM Storm” Mullins is far off the pace from his All-Star season in 2021. His power numbers are down significantly, and his On-Base Percentage is down nearly .40 points compared to last year. That being said he is starting to regain some semblance of what made him a breakout player last year. He ended the month of June batting over .370 in the last week and helping the Orioles win five out of their last eight games in the month. If the Orioles want to get the most out of one of their prized possessions, they should opt to trade him now, rather than later.

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The Orioles are going nowhere fast and look as if they will hit rock bottom again this year. They have already considered trading their star closer Jorge Lopez and one of their “older” players Trey Mancinci, who is only 29. Mlbbro Cedric Mullins is younger than both and under team control through 2026. With the speedy center fielder in the midst of a hot streak, and several contending teams needing a quality outfielder, they should be able to net a return for him that would benefit both him and the franchise.

Why the Trade Benefits Mullins

A change of scenery could rejuvenate Mullins and give him a new outlook on his career. His remaining time in Baltimore, especially if it goes beyond the 2022 season, will just consist of him waiting to be traded at the team’s convenience. The more the Orioles lose the more they look at their farm system as the way to contend inn years far from now, that will not align with the prime of Mullins. Sending him to a team like the Cleveland Guardians or the New York Yankees, would not only put him in the middle of the playoff hunt, but put him in more high leverage situations and around better talent to increase his productivity. 

Why the Trade Benefits Orioles

Losing a star is never easy, but as a losing franchise it is a necessary evil. Mullins to the Yankees maybe hard to stomach, especially if he helps to deliver a World Series title to an American League East rival. But teams like the Yankees and Guardians have ample farm talent to justify making the move and giving the Orioles enough to confidently move forward into their rebuild. A separation is best for both teams as it gives the Orioles an added boost to their rebuild, something their fans are eagerly trying to speed up at this point. It also gives an MLBbro a fresh start in what should be a turnaround in his career.