Over his last 162 games since Aug. 8, 2012, Orioles first baseman Chris Davis is batting .298/.371/.663 with 39 doubles, 59 home runs, 142 RBIs, 177 hits and 115 runs scored. He struck out 198 times in those 162 games.
According to STATS, the only American League players since 1921 with 44 or more home runs through Aug. 13 are Davis (44), Babe Ruth (44 in 1921), Roger Maris (45 in 1961) and Mickey Mantle (45 in 1961). In 2001, Arizona’s Luis Gonzalez had 44 through Aug. 13, a franchise record and tied for the seventh-most in the majors since 1921.
The Orioles are 7-2 in the nine games started by Chris Tillman following a loss, including a 3-1 mark on the road.
Today’s game features two of the 18 major league pitchers with 12 or more wins. Per STATS, it’s just the second matchup between pitchers with a .800 winning percentage or better on Aug. 14 or later in Orioles history (minimum 12 decisions each). The other game was Sept. 10, 1969 when Jim Palmer (14-2, .875) and Boston’s Mike Nagy (11-2, .846) each took a no-decision in the Orioles’ 8-7 win.
In his last 12 starts since June 4, Tillman is 10-1 with a 3.29 ERA and nine quality starts.
The Orioles lead the majors with 160 home runs (14 more than any other club) and are on pace to hit 218, which would rank second in club history behind the 257 by the 1996 club. Three teams (1998, 2012 and 1985) hit 214 to tie for second place.
The Orioles are listing Wei-Yin Chen, Bud Norris and TBA as the starters for the Colorado series that begins Friday at Camden Yards. The Rockies are listing right-handers Juan Nicasio, Chad Bettis and Jhoulys Chacin.
For the Diamondbacks
Gerardo Parra RF
Martin Prado LF
Paul Goldschmidt 1B
Aaron Hill 2B
Matt Davidson 3B
Wil Nieves C
A.J. Pollock CF
Didi Gregorius SS
Patrick Corbin LHP