Homer-happy Orioles need to keep focus on what got them to this point

The Orioles should forget about home run mark and continue to grind out every at-bat.

Obviously, every Orioles fan is hoping that the club's power-laden lineup turns Seattle into another boomtown starting tonight at Safeco Field, but it's more important for the O's to keep doing exactly what has helped them build a 5 1/2-game lead over the Red Sox and Blue Jays in the American League East.

They have done that with a hail storm of home runs, of course, but the reason that those home runs have been so damaging to the opposition is because of the club's big upsurge in on-base percentage.

Thanks to the surprising contributions of Hyun Soo Kim and Joey Rickard, and the way that Adam Jones has embraced the leadoff role, the impact of the Orioles' power surge has been magnified dramatically. The last thing the Orioles should want to do -- even for one night -- is go into a game trying to break a home run record.

Chances are, they'll hit at least one home run to break the record for June tonight since they average nearly two home runs per game, but they need to let that happen naturally. They also could break the all-time record for any month with four homers tonight, but if they go up to the plate swinging from their heels in the series opener against the Mariners, all they are likely to do is surrender the positive momentum that has carried them to their third seven-game winning streak of the season.

The guys seem to get that. Jones talked on Wednesday about staying in their lane and continuing to grind out at-bats. Mark Trumbo, who along with Chris Davis has shown you can hit a ton of homers while still maintaining a solid OBP, said pretty much the same thing.

This team is going to make a run at the all-time single-season home run mark, but that will only happen if everyone forgets about records and home runs and just keeps doing what the Orioles have been doing for the past three months.

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