Who says the Orioles have nothing to play for?
With 41 games left, Orioles third baseman Mark Reynolds has a shot at setting two team records – one good and one bad.
Reynolds is currently sitting at 27 home runs, though 24 of them have come while he's playing third base. The record for most in Orioles' history by a third baseman is 31, held by Tony Batista in 2002.
One thing that could affect Reynolds' chase is that he may be used at first base more going forward with Chris Davis on the disabled list with a right shoulder strain.
His strikeout totals, however, won't be affected by what position he is playing.
Reynolds has fanned 142 times this season, putting him just 19 strikeouts away from setting the single-season Orioles' mark. Mickey Tettleton holds that as he went down 160 times in the 1990 season.
However, it's fair to point out that Reynolds is on his way to setting a career low in strikeouts over a full Major League campaign. The previous career low in a season where he's played 140 big league games or more is 204 strikeouts.
Reynolds is the only player in big league history to strikeout 200 or more times in a season, and he has accomplished that dubious feat three straight years.
He, however, may have some company this year. Cincinnati Reds outfielder Drew Stubbs has struck out 164 times already this season, easily the league lead in that category. Reynolds' 142 strikeouts put him third in the league, also behind the Chicago White Sox's Adam Dunn (150).