And as the season nears a close, Roberts is building a solid case to consider.
Over his past 41 games, dating to Aug. 12, Roberts has a .265/.341/.429 slash line with six homers, 22 RBIs and 20 runs scored.
After his homer on Saturday night, Roberts is batting .400 over his past 20 at-bats. Five of his eight homers this season have come in September.
Roberts, who turns 36 next month, becomes a free agent at the end of the season, marking the end of a four-year, $40-million deal mostly marred by injury.
Saturday’s game was Roberts’ 76thof the season, his most since playing in 159 in 2009. Since returning from a hamstring injury June 30, Roberts has been one of the Orioles’ best hitters in working counts, hitting mostly from the No. 9 spot in the lineup.
Roberts, who has played his entire 13-year career with the Orioles, has said he’d like to stay with the Orioles next season and that he is open to signing an incentive-laden deal for less money.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun