It was only a matter of time before the Orioles started to flex their offensive muscles a bit. This unit was never going to challenge for the league lead in runs, but they were certainly more talented than they showed in the first month or two of the season.
Last night’s 9-3 win over the Cubs was fueled almost entirely on home runs. The O’s hit five of them, off the bat of five different players. Cedric Mullins hit his first dong of the month, Jorge Mateo had an Earl Weaver special, and Austin Hays smacked one into the second deck.
The 13 home runs the Orioles have hit in the month of June is tied for the fourth most in MLB. They had entered the month with only 43 total home runs through two months, so it has been a substantial step up.
Mancini has been particularly hot, hitting three home runs the past six games and boasting an .826 OPS in June. It is looking more and more likely that he will be the Orioles all-star representative, a much deserved title. That is, of course, if Hays slows down a little bit. The outfielder remains the most dangerous member of this lineup, showing off what he can do when fully healthy.