With a roster the average age of 28.5 years-old, the Baltimore Orioles rank 18th in MLB, which tells you that they have a perfect blend of veterans and young guns.
Led by 28-year-old All-Star centerfielder Cedric Mullins the Orioles are currently 91-53, which is good enough for the second-best record in all of MLB, trailing only the Atlanta Braves. As the team tries to navigate the final 18 games of the season, one which will likely end with a playoff berth, its first since 2016, the focus is to stay healthy and finish strong.
Mullins, who in many ways is an elder statesman on the roster is doing his best to lead by example. His play is always up-to-par, and even when his bat isn’t going, he’s one of the game’s best defensive centerfielders. His infectious spirit, and love for the game resonates throughout the club. Mullins has 11 hits, 12 RBI and three homers in his last 15 games. The O’s are 8-2 in their last 10 games.
Mullins Says Team Staying Steady In Approach
His presence was never more evident than on Monday night as the Orioles registered their 46th comeback win of the season, the most in all of MLB. In the 11-5 win over the Cardinals, Mullins went yard for the third grand slam of his six-year career.
Mullins told reporters that the team prepares for a multitude of things every day, and that’s a huge reason why they’ve had so much unforeseen success this season.
“We’re just staying diligent with our approach,” Mullins said. “We go over a handful of guys that are possibly going to be available each day, just having a broad idea of what we want to do against them. When they come in, we just narrow in our focus.”
The dynamic centerfielder has struggled a bit since his return from an adductor/groin strain that sidelined him for four weeks. Batting just .251 since he returned to the field, O’s manager Brandon Hyde hopes that big hit opens up the floodgates for Mullins.
“He’s a little bit frustrated and wants to contribute a little more,” Hyde said. “For him to get a hit like that at a time new needed it, we weren’t pitching well, and down early … For him to give us that boost, that was huge.”
For the Orioles sake Hyde isn’t the only one who hopes that unlocks Mullins’ hitting prowess, and they can only hope it extends into the postseason. As the Baltimore Orioles seek to make some noise in the “Hunt For October.”
This season Mullins is batting .248 with 14 home runs and 67 RBI. His .772 OPS is one of the better ones for centerfielders. He’s also flashed that speed on the base paths with 17 stolen bases, the injury slowed a lot of that prior to him being out.
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Mookie Betts danced his way to the top of the Week 19 #HighFive chart after hitting .444 and driving in six runs over his last seven games. His Dodgers have won 10 games in a row and sit in first place in the National League West as they lock in on another playoff run.
1. Mookie Betts
“I feel really good at the plate,” Betts said in his postgame interview after Los Angeles won their 10th consecutive game Wednesday night.
“I am just trying to do good things for Freddie and Will Smith. Our one through three spots in the lineup are really good, but this stretch of success has taken one through nine.”
August could end up being the best month of the year for Betts, which is perfect timing given that the playoffs are inching closer and closer.
In 15 games this month he is slashing .404/.469./.719 with four home runs, six doubles, 13 RBI and has scored 17 runs leaving him two away from joining Ronald Acuna Jr. and his teammate Freddie Freeman as the only players in the Majors to cross the plate 100 times in 2023.
The biggest highlight for Betts this week came thanks to a fan.
A few weeks ago, a guy told Betts he would name his child after him if he hit a homer in his next at-bat and he did exactly that.
On August 7th, 2023 Francesca Mookie Mancuso was born.
2. Marcus Semien
Marcus Semien has reached base in a Major League leading 23 consecutive games heading into the Rangers weekend series against the Brewers. The 2023 season for Semien has a chance to go down as one of the greatest for a second baseman in Major League history.
This season, he’s carried a career-high 33-game on base streak and a 25-game hitting streak, which was the third longest in Rangers franchise history.
Semien was an All-Star starter, is the clear favorite to win both the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards and is currently on pace to break Charlie Blackmon’s record for the most RBI in a season by a leadoff hitter (103).
Semien is tied with Shohei Ohtani for the highest WAR in the American League highlighted his week with a season-high five RBI performance against the Angels Monday night.
3. Josh Bell
After his historic Bro Bombs got him in last weeks #HighFive Josh Bell has continued to terrorize pitchers in his new threads.
On Monday, Bell became the 12th Marlin in franchise history when he hit one of the three back-to-back-to-back homers off of Dusty Baker’s Astros.
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After the Mariners tied the game with two-outs, Mullins came to bat in extras with a runner on third and proceeded to blast a go-ahead game-winning Bro Bomb over the right field wall, his 10th of the year.
Mullins’ Orioles will head into the weekend holding the best record in the American League ahead of their quick trip to the Bay to take on Lawrence Butler and the Oakland A’s.