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.
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.
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(Chris Davis monkey image taken with love from USA TODAY Sports. Bonus “Monkey Man” track taken with love from the Rolling Stones.)
From our friends at TiqIQ, which powers Mr. Irrelevant Tickets:
As evidenced by the price of Nats-O’s tickets at Camden last year, winning ballgames seems to effect ticket demand. That said, you can still get in the door tonight at Nats Park for $12 and at Camden on Wednesday and Thursday for $7 and $3, respectively. Get those Nationals vs Orioles tickets, if you like. It does seem to be turning into a rivalry, after all:
Nats-O’s drew 7,600 more than Phils-Sox at Fenway, 8,300 more than Yanks-Mets at Citi, 10,600 more than Cubs-Sox at US Cellular. Rivalry?
Thanks to Camden Chat for the heads up that it’s been 15 years since the O’s-Yanks brawl that Armando Benitez touched off by beaning Tino Martinez and Alan Mills ended by clocking Darryl Strawberry. See the Mills punch below at the 37-second mark; it is the best.