So is this going to be a high scoring series?
It features the Orioles, who rank second in the American League in runs scored, and the Detroit Tigers, who rank third. They are the only teams in MLB scoring over five runs per game with Detroit at 5.15 and the Orioles at 5.05.
Ranking the Tigers and Orioles in some AL stat categories:
Batting Average - Detroit first at .279, O’s second at .276
Homers - O’s first with 75, Detroit is 11th with 54
Slugging - O’s first at .464 and Detroit fifth at .425
OBP - Detroit first at .347 and O’s fifth at .331
Extra-base hits - O’s first with 201 and Detroit ninth at 158
O’s left fielder Nate McLouth, who is batting .409 with seven multi-hit games over his last 11, said today that the O’s just may be able to hold their own with a potent Detroit lineup.
“We’re balanced,” McLouth said. “We have a lot of guys that can do different things in the lineup, as does Detroit. It’s probably hard to argue that they have the best three-four hitters in the league, maybe in quite a while.
“As a lineup, we’ve just been consistent with our approach. Not trying to do too much. I’ve said that a million times this year, but it’s true. Believing and knowing the guy behind us is just as capable. It’s been rolling pretty good this year.”
It has, as the Orioles are batting .328 with 41 runs scored over their last seven games and are hitting .311 while scoring 5.6 runs per game over their last 19 contests.
Manny Machado has 44 hits in May, the most in a calender month by a player under 21 since Mickey Mantle had 46 in July of 1952.
So now that the kid has been linked to Ty Cobb and Mantle in recent days, can Babe Ruth be far behind?
Update: Well, we’ve seen some runs and some homers already as the Orioles lead 3-2 in the fourth. Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run shot on a 1-2 pitch from Miguel Gonzalez in the top of the first. It was his 16th homer of the year. He has a major league-leading 12 homers and 33 RBIs in May.
A Matt Wieters sac fly got the O’s on the board in the second off Max Scherzer, who entered at 7-0 with an ERA of 3.42. Adam Jones gave them the lead with a two-run shot in the third. For Jones, it’s his seventh homer over his last 18 games and his 11th on the year.