Each Wednesday, blogger Matt Vensel will highlight five statistics that really mean something for the Orioles.
66 -- saves, most in the major leagues, for Orioles closer Jim Johnson since Sept. 7, 2011.
With Tuesday’s win over the Toronto Blue Jays, the Orioles have now won 100 straight regular-season games when leading at the completion of the seventh inning, a run that started on August 8, 2011. That is the second-longest such streak since 1961. A lot of things have played a role in that streak -- manager Buck Showalter pointed to the mentality of his players -- but no factor might be bigger than closer Jim Johnson. Since Sept. 7, 2011, Johnson has led the major leagues with 66 saves, according to MASN. Over that span, he has converted 66 of his 69 save opportunities, including all eight this season. That is a ridiculous 95.7 percent.
.583 -- Manny Machado’s average with two outs and runners on base.
Manny Machado is hitting a respectable .268 in his second season with the Orioles, but he is coming through with clutch hits. After hitting a two-out RBI single against Dickey in the second inning of Tuesday night’s win at Camden Yards, Machado was batting 7-for-12 with 10 RBIs with two outs and runners on base this season, according to Elias Sports Bureau. In those situations a year ago, Machado went just 8-for-34 with four RBIs.
three -- wins against 2012 Cy Young winners for the Orioles in 2013.
The season is still young, but the Orioles have already won three games when a team trotted out a reigning Cy Young Award winner against them. They have defeated Tampa Bay Rays ace David Price twice and Blue Jays knuckleballer R.A. Dickey on Tuesday night. In those three games, Price and Dickey combined to go 0-1 with a 5.50 ERA against the Orioles. In 2012, those two went 3-0 with an ERA of 0.29 against the Orioles, according to MASN.
14 -- multi-run home runs for the Orioles, most in the majors.
Entering Wednesday’s action, the Orioles have had runners on base for 14 of their 25 home runs in 2013 and they lead the major leagues in multi-run home runs. About 56 percent of their home runs have been for multiple runs, including a pair of grand slams. Last season, only 43 percent of their home runs were for multiple runs. This partially explains why 49 percent of the team’s runs this season have come on home runs.
five -- straight wins for the Orioles against right-hander Josh Beckett.
For most of Josh Beckett's time in Boston, he often got the best of the Orioles, winning seven of his first 10 decisions against them. But Beckett, who was back in Camden Yards last weekend as a starter for the Los Angeles Dodgers, has now lost five straight starts against the Orioles, according to Elias Sports Bureau. That stretch dates back to September 2011, when the Orioles beat Beckett twice to aid the Red Sox in their late-season collapse. According to Elias, the last time the Orioles had won five straight starts against a pitcher with 100 or more career wins was when they won five in a row against Don Sutton from 1983 to 1985.
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