One of the stats in baseball fans get excited about is the Home Run. If you’re a fan of the Baltimore Orioles you will get your money’s worth. Every game last season you went to Camden Yards you expected to see a home run. The O’s hit 253 of them, by far the best in Major League Baseball in the 2016 campaign.
In the year of 2017 expect to see the same results because most of Orioles manager Buck Showalter’s powerful lineup will be back.
1B/ OF, Mark Trumbo: 47 Home Runs last season, 178 to his 7 year Major League Career. The power hitting outfielder knocked in a team’s best 103 runs. Trumbo may not hit for average, a career .251 hitter but the two time all-star still has some pop in his bat.
1B, Chris Davis: 38 Home Runs in 2016, 241 over the veteran first baseman’s career. Davis has made it to the all-star game one time in 2013. Despite the ability to hit the ball out of the park Davis is a career .250 hitter.
3B, Manny Machado: 37 Home Runs in 2016. 3 time all-star including last season. One of the better all-around hitters on the team batting .284 last season.
CF, Adam Jones: 29 Home Runs in 2016. Has made 5 trips to the All-Star game in his young career.
The biggest problem with the O’s is that the team does not hit for average. While hitting the long ball is a good thing, not getting timely hits will not get you wins. As a team Baltimore was ranked 11th in RBI’s, and 15th in team batting average. For leading the Major Leagues in Home Runs the other two stats show unusual this team can be.
Another big question for Buck Showalter’s bunch is pitching. The best starter in 2016 was Chris Tillman, and he looks to be headed for the Disabled List to start the season. Last year this club had the 3rd worst rotation in baseball with an ERA of 4.72. The battle of the rotation is looking to be a big competition in Spring Training. While the fans may enjoy seeing all the home runs this team has to offer it still maybe a rough season to compete in the AL East. Baltimore was able to tie for the wildcard spot last season but was quickly defeated by the Toronto Blue Jays in a one game playoff Can the power hitting offense carry this team to a division title? Only time will tell.