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The Orioles have spent much of the first half underachieving at the plate, but they are above the midline in the American League hitting ranks in several important departments. They rank sixth in team average (.259), sluggling percentage (.399) and home runs (77), but that's not reflected in their overall performance, because they rank only 10th in runs scored and next to last in team ERA and home runs allowed.

Hate to say it, but in a lot of cases, it comes down to situational hitting. They had a chance to make a move on Saturday night trailing 6-4 when Bronson Arroyo walked Adam Jones to put runners on first and second with one out, but Vladimir Guerrero fished for the very next pitch and made two very quick and deflating outs. That's Vlad, of course. He's been a free swinger his whole career, but he isn't producing right now at a level that allows him to be a real offensive asset with that approach.

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Of course, it's not just Guerrero. Several of the Orioles' top hitters have let their aggressiveness get the best of the team, but it's a lot easier to take the good with the bad when Adam Jones is on pace for 28 home runs and 99 RBI.

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