Each Wednesday, blogger Matt Vensel will highlight five statistics that really mean something for the Orioles.
On Tuesday, the Orioles acquired starter Scott Feldman from the Cubs in a trade that sent Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop to Chicago. Feldman, who was 7-6 with a 3.46 ERA in 15 starts in 2013, had spent the previous eight seasons with the Texas Rangers organization and has plenty of experience against the American League East. In 51 appearances against the division, the 30-year-old has a 12-10 record with a 4.23 ERA in 183 innings. He struggled against the New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays and had a lot of success against the Tampa Bay Rays and the ... wait for it ... Baltimore Orioles. He was 4-1 with a 3.86 ERA all-time against the Orioles.
2001 -- the last time a major leaguer had 31 home runs by July.
Chris Davis hit his major league-leading 31st home run in Sunday's win over the Yankees. With that home run, Davis broke Brady Anderson's club record for home runs before the All-Star break. According to ESPN Stats and Info, it is the most by a player before the end of June since both Barry Bonds and Luis Gonzalez in 2001. Gonzalez hit 32 before the end of June and finished with 57. Bonds hit 39 before the end of June on his way to setting the all-time single-season mark of 73. How many will Davis finish with? Bonds’ record is probably safe, but 60 homers isn’t out of the question.
six -- wins for Chris Tillman in six starts in the month of June.
Tillman won all six of his starts in June with a 2.68 ERA in the month, lowering his season ERA to 3.68 and improving his record to 10-2. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, only two other major-league pitchers have won as many as six games in a calendar month since 2008: Detroit Tigers starter Justin Verlander in June 2011 and Los Angeles Angels ace Jered Weaver in July 2012.
1950 -- the last time a team led the majors in homers for and against.
Led by Davis, the Orioles have hit a major league-leading 116 home runs through 84 games. They are one of four teams with at least 100 homers. But the Orioles have also surrendered 115 home runs, which is also the most in baseball. How rare is that? According to Elias Sports Bureau, the last team to both hit and allow the most homers in the major leagues for a season was the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1950.
811 -- days between homers for Brian Roberts, who hit one Tuesday.
When Roberts homered off Chicago White Sox starter John Danks in the third inning Tuesday night, it was the first home run Roberts had hit in more than two years. The oft-injured second baseman, who has played in just 120 games over the past four seasons due to a myriad of injuries, last hit a home run on April 13, 2011. That one came off A.J. Burnett in a 7-4 loss to the New York Yankees. Roberts last played a full season in 2009, hitting 16 homers in 159 games. He has hit just seven homers since, but maybe Tuesday night’s homer is a sign of more to come.
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