There you have it, folks. The 2021 season has officially come to a close. While the Atlanta Braves took care of the Houston Astros in this year’s World Series, we can now look back at some stat leaders for the Orioles this past season!
Right off the top, all fans know of a couple players who will be atop a lot of the statistical leaderboards for the Birds.
Cedric Mullins had himself an All-Star season that could be MVP worthy. Trey Mancini played in 140+ games and doubled over 30 times in his first season back from cancer treatment, which earned him Comeback Player of the Year honors. And who could have missed Ryan Mountcastle putting together a 2021 Most Outstanding Rookie of the Year for the ages?
Here in this piece, we will break down all of the well known stat leaders and some you may not have thought about this year!Let’s start with some of the more obvious stats. When we look at average, hits, extra base hits, etc., we saw a lot of familiar names.
Batting Average: Cedric Mullins (.291)
No surprise here; Ceddy led the team with a .291 average. Although a somewhat useless stat, a few players also fared well this year with a decent average. Austin Hays, Mountcastle and Mancini all finished the year with a .255 average.
On-base Plus Slugging: Cedric Mullins (.878)
Instead of looking at slugging and on base separately, we’re just going to look at OPS here. Again, the team leader is Mullins at .878. His 72 extra base hits, which include his 30 home runs, set him up for a monster OPS year. He also led the team in walks with 59.
Right behind Mullins, Mountcastle did a lot of damage as well. His team-leading 33 home runs propelled him to a .796 OPS. The rookie also finished with a 112 OPS+, a stat that normalizes a player’s OPS across all stadiums, with 100 being average.
Hays also had himself a sneaky good season, finishing third on the team with an OPS of .769. “Action Austin” hit 52 extra base hits that included 23 long balls and set his career-long hit streak at 17. His month of September helped boost these stats, as he went 30-for-106 with a .993 OPS in that last month.
RBI: Ryan Mountcastle (89)
This is another less useful one, so this will be quick. Mountcastle led this category with 89, largely in part to his 16% base runners scored, which led the team. Hays was second in that category, finishing just under 16%.
Total Hits: Cedric Mullins (175)
This is another super obvious one. Mullins easily led the way in this category with 175. No other player reached 150, the closest being Mancini at 142. Mountcastle finished with 136, which makes his 57 extra base hits more impressive. He had a 42% XBH rate as a rookie.
Total XBH: Cedric Mullins (72)
For time sake, we will jumble up extra base hits. As previewed, Mountcastle led the team in home runs with 33. What is surprising for a 100+ loss team is that we had four players finish with 20+ homers.
Mullins also notched 30, while Mancini and Hays finished with 21 and 22, respectively. When you look at Ramón Urías’ seven home runs and his improvement in 85 games, or Jorge Mateo’s emergence with the O’s in 32 games, we can see another two 20+ home run guys, who are expected to have a full season next year in Baltimore.
Mullins and Mancini led the show with doubles this year. Both finished with 30+, while Mullins just missed out on 40, finishing with 37. Mancini set his second-best career number in doubles with 33 this year, remarkable considering he was undergoing chemo therapy this time last year.
Total Bases: Cedric Mullins (312)
A very underrated but very important stat here. And believe it or not, the Orioles had a number of players rank pretty high up in total bases for the season. Mancini, Hays and Mountcastle all finished the season with 200+ total bases.
However, it was Cedric yet again taking this category over, as he tallied a total of 312 bases; a number good for 8th in the entire league!
Stolen Bases: Cedric Mullins (30)
Obviously, Mullins takes this category, as he put up 30 stolen bases in his career year. His speed and power combo allowed our leadoff man to tally his first 30/30 season, the only one in the majors this year.
Runners In Scoring Position:
As a team, the Orioles were bad with RISP. They could muster only a .232 average and netted just 409 runs scored in these situations. They weren’t much better with any runners on in general, as 132 of the team’s 195 home runs came as solo shots.
Only 63 long balls came with at least one runner on, and 11 of those alone came from Mountcastle. He was the only player to net more than 10 home runs with at least one runner on base.
tOPS+ & sOPS+:
These are the last two stats we’ll go over, and they are kind of confusing. These stats are measurements, with 100 being the average, of how well the offense does in any situation (split) through the year, in regards to how well that offense should be doing based on their stats in that situation.
For the tOPS+ (relative to players’ split totals), the O’s finished right at 100. That means the offense performed exactly how they were expected to. A big take away from that is consistency from guys being expected to do the things they were able to do.
Their sOPS+ was 94. That means, across the league average in those certain splits, the Orioles finished just below average. What this means for the O’s is that an offense doing that, and still losing 110 games, proves the offense was no where close to being the main problem in 2021. It wasn’t the savior, but it was certainly not their downfall.
There you have it, the offensive Oriole player and team stats for 2021! Although it was a tough year, the offense showed an extreme amount of promise that every fan in Birdland should be excited about entering 2022!
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