The Orioles have claimed consecutive home series wins against the Yankees for the first time since they took two of three on April 18-20 and May 26-28, 2008. But there's more to the story.
The Orioles are looking to complete their first sweep of a three-game home series against the Yankees since April 15-17, 2005. They've won four straight at home against the Yankees for the first time since Sept. 9, 1991-June 19, 1992.
The last time the Orioles won five straight at home against the Yankees was Oct. 3, 1981-June 21, 1983, when they took 10 in a row.
Chris Tillman is seeking his 10th victory tonight. I wonder how many people have noticed. He's been overshadowed by Chris Davis and Manny Machado, and an offense that erupted for 11 runs last night.
Since June 25, 2012, Tillman (17-5, .773) has the third-highest winning percentage among American League starters with at least 12 decisions, trailing only Max Scherzer (22-2, .917) and Bartolo Colon (15-4, .789), according to STATS. Miguel Gonzalez (15-7, .682) is fifth on the list behind David Price (11-5, .688).
Tillman is 6-0 in seven starts since May 24, tying him with Scherzer for the second-most wins in the league behind Colon's seven.
The club's PR staff also passes along that Tillman is one of nine pitchers all-time, and one of six active pitchers, to hold Ichiro Suzuki to a .100 average or lower with at least 10 at-bats against him. Ichiro is 1-for-10 in his career against Tillman. Only Kyle Farnsworth (.083, 1-12), Francisco Rodriguez (.083, 2-24) and Octavio Dotel (.091, 1-11) have held Ichiro to a lower average.
Now, about Davis ...
The 2013 season is the 60th for the Orioles since their move from St. Louis in 1954. Of the previous 59, Davis' 30 homers in 82 games this year would have led the team in 34 of those seasons and tied for the lead in two others.
Davis' 30-homer season is the 32nd in Orioles history and his second.
According to Elias, Davis is the first player in baseball history to have 30 homers and 25 doubles by the end of June. He's the eighth player to have 30 homers before the end of the month, joining Babe Ruth (1928, 1930), Ken Griffey Jr. (1994, 1998), Mark McGwire (1998), Sammy Sosa ('98-'99), Luis Gonzalez (2001), Barry Bonds (2001) and Albert Pujols ('09).
That's good, right?
In the three games when Davis has made an error, as he did last night, he's gone 4-for-10 with three homers, seven RBIs and four runs scored.
Davis has 55 extra-base hits in 82 games (30 homers and 25 doubles) and is on pace for 109 extra-base hits, which would shatter Brady Anderson's club record of 92 in 1996 (37 doubles, five triples and 50 home runs).
Davis doesn't have a triple? Unacceptable.