Are O's fans diggin' the longball?

Mark Reynolds can sure fill up a stat sheet.

He now has 18 homers to lead the Orioles. He has 46 RBIs and that ties Adam Jones to lead the club. He is also first on the Orioles or tied for first in doubles (15), runs (43) and walks (50).

His 50 walks are more than twice the next highest total on the club and that is the 24 walks issued to Luke Scott.

Reynolds is batting .229 and is on a pace for 36 homers and 92 RBIs with the Orioles at the mid-point of the season, the 81-game mark.

Reynolds is second only to J.J. Hardy among O's regulars in on-base percentage at .354, slugging at .492 and OPS at .847.

He hit just two April homers, but has 16 in the 55 games since. That is a 47-homer pace since May 1 for Reynolds.

Reynolds averaged a homer every 13.1 at-bats in 2009 when he hit 44 and one every 15.6 at last when he hit 32 last year. Right now, he is hitting one every 14.6 at-bats.

Reynolds is a big swinger but not really a free swinger. He has a good eye and works the count, but when he gets one it goes a long way.

He has been fun to watch lately and has pretty much been as advertised - a slugger with a good eye that can draw walks, but won't likely hit for a high average.

His 19 errors exceed his homer total, but Reynolds seems to make about one really good play per night. Whether he is making errors due to lack of focus, intensity or for another reason, you get the feeling he will cut down on the miscues in the second half.

I kind of hope Reynolds stays in the cleanup spot for now. His 33 extra-base hits are just about twice as many as regular cleanup hitter Vladimir Guerrero has with 17.

If Reynolds hit as many homers in the next 81 games, he'll finish with 36. That would be the most by any Oriole since Albert Belle hit 37 in 1999.

Whether it's a walk, double, strikeout or yes, a homer, Reynolds can really fill up a stat sheet.

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