Each Monday, in this spot, I’ll try to give you fan’s look at what transpired with our Birds the past week and what lies ahead for the club. My only promise is that the piece will be totally biased and from a real fan, so here it goes.
After many weeks of bad baseball, this week I’m going to ignore the 24 – 59 record and focus on the positives. It’s going to be hard, but let’s take the week off from negativity.
1. How ‘bout those promotions?
This week we had some of the best SGA’s (Stadium Giveaways, for you none collectors) in recent memory. The week kicked off with “Halfway to Christmas” and the Buck “Snow”alter snow globe and the ever popular “Orioles Hawaiian Shirt” day this past Saturday. Halfway to Christmas attracted a Monday night crowd of over 21,000 – not too shabby for a club with the worst record in baseball – and saw fans snapping pictures on Santa Bird’s sleigh and an snowstorm in the Legend’s bullpen area. For me, it might have been one of the most imaginative themes ever for any Orioles giveaway. Kudos to Greg Bader – the Orioles VP for Marketing and Communications! Then on a sweltering hot Saturday afternoon – 93 degrees at first pitch – the Orioles drew over 38,000 for Hawaiian Shirt day. Again, one of the best giveaways the club has done in recent memory.
2. How HOT is Mark Trumbo?!
In Sunday’s win over the Angels, Mark Trumbo connected on his ninth and 10th homers of the season. The homeruns also marked Trumbo’s sixth and seventh homers in his last 14 games. On Sunday Trumbo also had his eighth multi-RBI game and 12th multi hit game of the season.
3. Beckham is also SMOKIN’!
Tim Beckham kept his hitting streak alive at five games this week with a fourth inning 2 RBI singe on Sunday. During the five game streak Beckham is hitting .368 (7-for-19) stretch. Beckham is also batting .313 (5-for-16) hitting leadoff in four games.
4. Gausman cools off Trout and the Angels on a 94 degree Day
Kevin Gausman spread six hits over eight full innings to earn the only win of the week on a sweltering 94 degree day at Oriole Park. Gausman earned his fourth win striking out 2 and walking none, not issuing a base on balls for the first time this season. Gausman threw 104 pitches and was rumored to have dropped ten pounds during the heat of the Baltimore summer Sunday. Mike Trout was held hit-less in four at-bats – the 12th time Trout did not reach base this season.
5. Down on the Farm
While the Orioles have had nine players make their MLB debut this year, including pitchers Ryan Meisinger and Paul Fry this weekend, position players like Cedric Mullins loom at Norfolk and beyond. The switch hitting Mullins is hitting .317 with one homer, six RBI, and 12 runs in his last 10 games. He’s rated as the O’s #5 prospect according to MLB.com.
This week the Birds hit the road for two at Philly followed by four at Minnesota.