This is starting to become routine. The Orioles have won another month, and the month of August couldn’t have been more special.
Between playing in the Little League Classic to starting the month 5-0, the Orioles are playing exceptional baseball. So, let’s break down how big the month of August actually was for the Birds.
First, let’s talk about four key players, two pitchers and two position players that had a massive impact on the O’s winning month. Those guys are Cedric Mullins and Jorge Mateo, along with pitchers Kyle Bradish and Félix “The Mountain” Bautista.
Mullins had a month like no other.
Slashing a clean .296/.358/.469 with a .827 OPS, along with 29 hits (team-high), six doubles, one triple and three home runs, Ceddy continues a season where he is dominating the outfield and even started September off with a bang.
Mullins even had an 11-game hitting streak during the month, along with seven stolen bases, solidifying the O’s leadoff spot.
Mateo is another guy that has had a very solid month.
The speedster slashed .277/.327/.489 with a .816 OPS and had 26 hits, six doubles, one triple and four home runs (tied team-high).
Add that with 17 RBIs (tied team-high) and four stolen bases, Mateo is having a complete breakout year and could possibly be knocking on the door for a 20-20 season.
Bradish finally had the breakout we all have been waiting for in the month of August.
After a sketchy start and an unfortunate injury, Bradish had a insane month, starting five games and going 28.2 innings pitched.
The young right-hander went 1-1 with a 3.14 ERA and tallied 26 strikeouts and an opponent’s batting average of .236. Bradish has begun to turn his season around and become the person that we traded Dylan Bundy for in 2020.
Now we move to Mountain Time.
Bautista had one of the best months of August when it comes to relief pitchers. Going 7/7 in saves and pitching in 13 games, he had a 1-0 record with a 1.23 ERA and 20 strikeouts.
“The Mountain” continues to grow in the American League Rookie of the Year conversation and has a great shot the more takes the mound in the ninth.
Now, let’s talk about the Orioles as a whole.
The O’s had a 17-10 record in the month of August and an 8-2 series record. Offensively, the Birds slashed .244/.313/.404 with a .717 OPS. Over their 219 hits, they had 47 doubles, three triples and 30 home runs, with 114 RBIs and 118 runs scored.
On the pitching side, the Orioles had a 3.43 ERA, pitched three shutouts, had nine saves, 199 strikeouts, a 1.21 WHIP and an opponent’s batting average of .250.
Finally, the month of August was filled with debuts and special moments. Three players debuted in the month of August for Baltimore.
On August 2, we saw outfielder and former trade piece from the Manny Machado trade, Yusniel Díaz. On August 13, we saw top left-handed pitching prospect, D.L. Hall. And lastly, on August 31, we saw top prospect, infielder Gunnar Henderson.
Also included, we saw many firsts. On August 25, outfielder Kyle Stowers hit his first major league home run to tie the game in the ninth off Liam Hendriks.
On August 31, in his second career MLB at-bat, Gunnar Henderson hit a no-doubt shot for his first big league hit and home run.
On August 13, we saw D.L. Hall have his first big league pitch and strikeout.
And finally, on August 1, we saw Terrin Vavra have his first career major league hit.
The Month of August was nothing but magical and a positive step in the right direction for this young club. As the season decreases in games, our love for this team increases with passion.
Let’s ride into September and show MLB that the Orioles are a true contending postseason team.
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