Each Wednesday, blogger Matt Vensel will highlight five statistics that really mean something for the Orioles.
29:1 -- Kevin Gausman’s strikeout-to-walk ratio in his first five starts at Double-A Bowie.
Kevin Gausman, the team's first-round draft pick in 2012, is settling in at Double-A Bowie. After consecutive starts in which he allowed just one earned run in each, the 22-year-old is 1-3 with a 3.77 ERA in five starts during his first full professional season. But most impressively, he has walked just one batter while striking out 29, including eight Sunday, his most recent start. Needless to say, that 29:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio is awesome.
.485 -- Nate McLouth’s batting average since April 20.
Nate McLouth returned to the lineup Tuesday night and hit his second home run of the season in a 7-2 win over the Seattle Mariners. Since April 20, McLouth has been one of the hottest hitters in baseball. Over that span, he went 16-for-33 with three doubles, two home runs and seven RBIs. He also walked seven times. The left fielder batted .485 over that stretch with a ridiculous .575 on-base percentage. McLouth had made contact on 91 percent of his swings as of Monday, which was up from 83 percent in 2012, according to ESPN Stats and Info. He batted .346 in April.
12 -- defensive runs saved by Manny Machado in 2012 and 2013.
Manny Machado picked a bad time for his first error of the season, throwing a ball away late in Sunday's loss to the Oakland Athletics. But the 20-year-old has been very good at third base. According to ESPN Stats and Info, Machado is fourth among major league third basemen in defensive runs saved since the start of the 2012. Machado saved 12 runs, trailing Brett Lawrie (21), David Wright (14) and Adrian Beltre (13). And let's not forget that those guys got a head start on Machado, who wasn't called up until last August.
Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis and center fielder Adam Jones hit back-to-back home runs in Saturday's win over the Oakland Athletics. According to Elias Sports Bureau, it was the 16th time that Markakis and Jones homered in the same game as starting outfielders. That is the highest such total by any current pair of teammates and also the most by a pair of Orioles starting outfielders in franchise history. The old record was 10 games, which Frank Robinson did with both Paul Blair and Curt Blefary.
5,992 -- strikeouts in the month of April across the major leagues, the final one being recorded on Tuesday night by Brian Matusz.
Brian Matusz recorded four outs Tuesday night to close out the win over the Mariners. Two of them were strikeouts, and the last one was the last major league strikeout during the month of April, according to Elias Sports Bureau. With 5,992 strikeouts across the major leagues, it was the highest April strikeout total in any season in major league history and the second-highest in a full month in major league history. I know this isn’t an Orioles stat per se, but I still think it’s a pretty interesting one.
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