This Walmart gets extra credit for using Crush (Davis) cans for the orange.
— Pedro Maldul (@williejones33) July 8, 2013
Speaking of Crush, you have to see this GIF with all 33 of Chris Davis’ HR.
Manny Machado made that play right there, and it’s the latest greatest of his young career. Considering he turned 21 yesterday, he was probably hungover when he did it too.
Somehow, the play was only the second most incredible thing an Oriole did in New York today, because Adam Jones hit a two-run, ninth-inning homer off of Mo Rivera to beat the Yanks 2-1. Double-plus incredible.
Back to Manny, though: This was his 10th “Web Gem” of the season, which leads MLB. It’s just another excuse to add to this ongoing Manny Machado GIF set, which may become the world’s longest web page someday.
Update: Deadspin has an awesome GIF of Manny and Brooks Robinson basically making this same play.
— Chris Davis (@ChrisDavis_19) June 30, 2013
With incredible season bringing out PED-theories, Davis shuts it down. [OU]
Jason Hammel can’t finish strong in Chicago, O’s win streak snapped. [CC]
Brian Roberts appreciates Camden Yards support despite injuries. [CSNB]
Strasburg throws a gem, makes Brew Crew lose helmets, still loses. [NE]
Not pointing blame at team, Stras sick of talking about run support. [NE]
Drew Storen got smacked around in a 4-run eighth, not pretty. [WP]
Mike Ribeiro’s wife #pissedbeyondbelief at Caps for letting hubby go. [FTW]
Donte Stallworth explains his past hate gave fuel to LGBT support. [Bog]
Kevin Durant is unequivocally one of the good guys. [Bog]
John Wall and Dwight Howard travel to China, hilarity ensues. [CSNW]
We all knew MJ was up to no good at times, but Kennedy?!?!? [Deadspin]
Scott Feldman is a 30-year-old, 6’7″, Hawaiian-born Jewish righthander with a three-quarters deliver. He was good for the Cubs in the first half, posting a 3.46 ERA and 1.14 WHIP. He was bad with Texas before that (4.81, 1.42). Oh, and he punched a guy in the armpit once.
All he cost the O’s is Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop, owners of ERAs above 7. They have good stuff, though, so maybe they turn it around in Chicago. I kinda hope they do.
The Cubs also got some international bonus pool spending money, and the O’s also got Steve Clevenger, a 25-year-old backup catcher who went to high school in Baltimore and hit the ball well in the minors. So there’s that.
Towards the end of the spring training in 2006, Feldman was feeling confident that he was going to make the parent club’s 25-man roster. A week before opening day he was called into Manager Buck Showalter’s office. But instead of telling Feldman he had made the team, for the first 10 minutes Showalter and the team’s pitching coach Mark Connor spoke on and on about how Feldman had had a solid spring training — but needed to work on some things. Feldman couldn’t believe it but eventually thought, “Holy smoke, I’m going down [to the minors].” Suddenly, unable to continue the prank any longer, Showalter burst out laughing: “Pack your bags, rookie, you’re coming with us!”
If he’s okay by Fangraphs, and he’s okay by Buck, then he’s okay by me. Onward, O’s. When they get Wei-Yin Chen back they actually have a decent rotation here.
Handing out labels following the O’s strong first half of the 2013 season.
Chris Davis — Had a historically awesome first half (e.g., he’s on pace for the third-most extra base hits in a season), and totally looks like my brother.
Manny Machado — He’s second in Baseball Reference WAR and sixth in Fangraphs WAR despite not turning 21 until Saturday. Have a pop, kid.
Chris Tillman — Is now 19-5 with a 3.33 ERA and 1.18 WHIP this year and last. Appears to have figured it out at 25.
Miguel Gonzalez — Is now 15-7 with 3.49 ERA and 1.20 WHIP this year and last. I guess 2012 was no fluke.
Adam Jones — Slightly better than his career averages, but not quite as good as last year. I’ll take it.
J.J. Hardy — Having a bit of a bounce-back. Is actually third on the team in Fangraphs WAR.
Nate McLouth — His career resurgence carried over to this spring.
Darren O’Day — Continues being awesome, especially against righties.
Tommy Hunter — Turns out he’s a dominant reliever. Didn’t see that coming.
Buck Showalter and Dan Duquette — They took their jobs when the franchise was rock-bottom. Now they’re on pace for a second-straight 93-win season.
Brian Roberts — Missed the entire first half only to come back strong on Sunday night against the Yanks. Rooting hard for this guy to finally be healthy.
Jason Hammel — As bad this year (5.09 ERA) as he was good last (3.40).
Freddy Garcia — Gave it a shot, but, yeah, he’s shot.
Wei-Yin Chen — Has been out two months. Back soon. O’s need him.
Dylan Bundy — Had Tommy John last Thursday. :(
Nick Markakis — It’s masked a bit by decent vanity numbers, but he’s actually having the worst offensive season of his career.
Jim Johnson — Saved 35 straight games, then blew five in a five-week span.
Pedro Strop — Last year’s breakout is this year’s hot mess.
Jake Arrieta — His ERA by year, so far: 4.66, 5.05, 6.20, 7.23.
Ryan Flaherty — Steve Lombardozzi North, meaning he’s a perfectly serviceable utility man pressed into far too much duty.
Nolan Reimold – One of these years he’s going to put it together/stay healthy/get a chance. This does not appear to be that year.
Alexi Casilla, Steve Pearce, Danny Valencia, Taylor Teagarden — These are all bench guys or names I just made up. You make the call.
Matt Wieters — His bat has always been a disappointment, and this may be his worst season at the plate. What he does behind it keeps him out of the Losers, though.
Brian Matusz — Deadly against lefties in his new-ish reliever role.
Zach Britton — Getting another shot at starting but isn’t doing much with it.
Chris Dickerson — Had a nice run in May (four HR in 35 AB), came back to Earth in June (18 K in 43 AB).
Kevin Gausman — Got to the Majors super-fast, then got super-shelled. Seems to be straightening out.
Dylan Bundy needs Tommy John. He really is Strasburg Light. [O's Insider]
The O’s lose wild one at Camden after Jim Johnson blew it. [Camden Chat]
Ryan Ripken didn’t cut it at S. Carolina, will play junior college ball. [WLTX]
Nats beat D-Backs with ZNN and Rendon, go for sweep today. [Nats Insider]
Bryce Harper dropped a bomb in his second rehab start. [Nats Enquirer]
F.P. Santangelo will get a Rendon-esque mullet if the Nats take first. [Bog]
Nats minor league pitcher Taylor Jordan having a great year. [Nats Journal]
Jim Vance threw out a pretty good first pitch at Nats Park. [Capital Games]
Thesis: 19-year-old Kwame Brown would go No. 1 in tonight’s draft. [FTW]
Hey, John Wall is finally eating like a professional athlete should. [Bog]
Wale tells Peter Rosenberg he’ll perform at RGIII’s wedding. So D.C. [Bog]
Wimbledon banned Ovi from working out, but not Rory. [Russian Machine]
The O’s are on a roll, heading into Toronto one game behind Boston with the second-best record in the American League. The Blue Jays may give them more than they handle, though. Just look at their scheduled starters:
That may be a little tiny for you to see, so let’s enlarge it:
Again, in case that image is a little too shriveled up for you:
It’s funny because they’re all euphemisms for penis, you see. Go O’s.
The O’s beat Justin Verlander and the Tigers yesterday, continuing strong play of late to give them the AL’s third-best record. Manny Machado chipped in with his league-leading 32nd double and “two sparkling plays at third base.”
Neither of those are new for Machado, who’s on pace to break baseball’s season record for doubles and who draws natural comparisons to Baltimore legend Brooks Robinson, one of the great third basemen ever and the man generally acknowledged as the greatest defensive player at the position.
Robinson didn’t hit quite like this, though. Through 123 games and 503 career at-bats, 20-year-old Machado’s slash line is .300/.331/.473. That’s well above Robinson’s .268/.322/.401. If you want to adjust for eras and other factors, Machado’s career OPS+ is 117, Robinson’s was 103.
This combination of defensive and offensive excellence is why Machado leads the AL in Baseball Reference WAR and is third in Fangraphs’ version. But back to the defense for a second, because that’s why we’re here mentioning Manny and Brooks in the same post.
Four GIFs that show Machado is basically the new Human Vacuum Cleaner:
Who needs a homerun: Crush Davis blooper gives O’s walk-off win. [BS]
Ever since Robert Andino, the Birds have been hurting the Red Sox. [BG]
Ross Detwiler returns from a DL stint, guides the Nats to a win. [WP]
More good news: Stras looked fine in ‘pen, should start Sunday. [CSNW]
Making in-game experience worse, NFL won’t let women bring purses. [SI]
Talking about Skins name drama, Grantland links to Mr. I. [GL]
If the Skins do change the name, here are four awful suggestions. [BBW]
Jan Vesely is not happy with the Wiz, and he wants all Czechs to know. [BF]
Patrick Ewing considered UNC over Gtown, until the KKK showed up. [FTW]
JaVale McGee understands charity about as well as he does basketball. [DS]
Thanks to Baltimore Sports Report for the GIF.
O’s come back from four down to beat Nats despite three Ryan Zimmerman HR. Chris Davis had two of his own in a bad start from Jordan Zimmermann. [Camden Chat]
Davis now leads MLB in HR (19), SLG (.766) and OPS (1.214). [O's Insider]
Watch Roger Bernadina hit one way out onto Eutaw St. [Nats Enquirer]
Here are 30 thoughts on last night’s Nats-O’s game. F’real. [SweetSpot]
ZNN is still looking at a big-money extension someday soon. [Nats Journal]
Bryce hopes to return tomorrow, and Detwiler next week. [Nats Journal]
Five things to watch in the second week of Skins practice. [The Insider]
Full letters from Congress to Dan Snyder, the NFL and FedEx. [house.gov]
Mike Shanahan is the fourth-highest paid NFL coach. [Real Redskins]
Adam Carriker’s in-laws had some weed growing on their farm. [Bog]
Long read on Otto Porter vs. Anthony Bennett for Wiz. [Bullets Forever]
Esquire: six of America’s 28 finest drinking bars are in D.C. [DCist]
(Chris Davis monkey image taken with love from USA TODAY Sports. Bonus “Monkey Man” track taken with love from the Rolling Stones.)