Orioles third baseman Manny Machado has 30 doubles in 68 games. According to Elias, the earliest any other major leaguer under 21 reached 30 doubles since 1900 was 81 games by Hall of Famer Ted Williams in 1939.
According to STATS, Machado’s 30 doubles in 68 games are the most by any player under age 22 since 1920, topping Williams’ 25 in 1939 and Joe DiMaggio’s 24 in 1936.
Machado is on pace for 71 doubles. The major league record in a season is 67 by Earl Webb for Boston in 1931. The Orioles record is 56, set by Brian Roberts in 2009.
Machado leads the majors with 30 doubles, and Chris Davis leads with 22 homers. According to STATS, the only time in the modern era of baseball that teammates finished outright leaders in doubles and homers in the same season was 1927, when Lou Gehrig had 52 doubles and Babe Ruth hit 60 homers.
Machado leads the majors with 95 hits. In his last 48 games, he has 22 multi-hit games and is batting .347 (76-for-219) with 24 doubles, two triples, three homers, 24 RBIs and 32 runs scored.
In his career, the Orioles are 56-30 (.651) when he gets a hit and 16-17 (.485) when he does not.
In non-Machado news, the Orioles still haven’t received a letter from first baseman Travis Ishikawa officially opting out of his contract, though it’s expected to happen. Executive vice president Dan Duquette said the club would have a few days to make a decision.
The Orioles are exploring trade options. They don’t currently have a need for a left-handed hitting first baseman.
“There’s some value to trading for a contract in this situation,” Duquette said. “It’s always a possibility.”
Orioles relievers have faced 30 consecutive batters without allowing a hit or a walk. According to STATS, it’s the longest streak by the Orioles’ bullpen since 1974 (the first year play-by-plays are available) and the longest by any team’s bullpen within one season since the Mets had a streak of 32 straight batters without allowing a hit or walk from July 3-7, 2005. The longest streak by any team’s bullpen since 1974 is 38 straight by the Mariners in 1977.
According to STATS, Freddy Garcia is 34-14 (.708) in his career in the month of June. In the live-ball era since 1920, the only pitchers with a better career winning percentage in June (minimum 45 decisions) are Sandy Koufax (42-12, .778), Whitey Ford (48-14, .774), Schoolboy Rowe (33-13, .717) and CC Sabathia (35-14, .714).
Garcia’s .701 winning percentage in day games is fifth-best since 1920 (minimum 80 decisions). According to STATS, he trails only Tim Hudson (.724), Pedro Martinez (.721), Spud Chandler (.708) and Randy Johnson (.708).
The Orioles, Red Sox and Cardinals are the only teams in baseball that are five or more games over .500 at home and on the road.
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Update: Stop me if you’ve heard this one: Machado doubled.
Yep. Happened in the first inning and it scored Nate McLouth, who reached on an infield hit.
Machado now has 31 doubles on the season, along with his career-high 13-game hitting streak.
Nick Markakis singled and Adam Jones reached on an infield hit to score Machado and increase the lead to 2-0.
Garcia threw nine pitches, eight for strikes, while retiring the side in order in the top of the first inning. Lackey threw 24 pitches, 16 for strikes, in the bottom half.