Baltimore Orioles outfielder Cedric Mullins continues to make his case to represent the Birds in the American League All-Star Game and it is getting impossible to refute his claim. It was clear from the season’s first week that Mullins came to ball at an auspicious level and MLBbro.com has been there every step of the way.
With conversations swirling about whether the organization sees him as part of their future or whether he will be made available for more prospects at the trade deadline, Birdland’s center fielder continues to mash out and grab clout, despite languishing on a last-place team.
Mullins is the catalyst to Baltimore’s offense and usually, the driving force on the rare occasion that they win games.
He hit safely in 19 of their first 20 victories and helped them rise from their 14-game losing skid with a six-game hitting streak that led to three consecutive wins prior to Saturday’s home loss to the Cleveland Indians at Camden Yards.
In that 10-4 loss, marked by pitcher John Means’ early exit with shoulder fatigue, Mullins provided more evidence to merit AL all-star consideration.
Mullins went 5-for-5 for the second time in his career Saturday and belted two home runs. He is the only Orioles player with multiple home run games this year and drove in three of the team’s four runs and scored the other. That gave him 70 hits for the season which is Top 3 in all of baseball midway through the weekend. Mullins’ 14 doubles and three triples are leading the team as well.
Baltimore has not been represented by more than one all-star since 2014. If Mullins gets the call this year he would be the first Black Knight from B-more to represent at the Midsummer Classic since MLBbro emeritus Adam Jones capped a four-year run in 2015.