When Manny Machado walked off the field Sunday afternoon, he was tied for the major league lead with eight home runs and ranked in the top 10 in almost every relevant offensive category.
To be precise, he is in the top five in hits (31), doubles (seven), homers (eight), batting average (.356) and OPS (1.147). He ranks in the top 10 with 17 RBIs.
In other words, he is ascendant at a time when his team is hurtling over the precipice.
The Orioles lost to the Cleveland Indians, 7-3, and have dropped eight of their past nine games. They have shown signs of an improved starting rotation, but have scored three or fewer runs in 15 of their first 22 games.
So, if you’re...