Manny Machado set career highs in home runs, RBI, runs, and batting average, cementing his first-round status despite not stealing a single base. Such $30 players have to be good across the board or great in a few things, and luckily for Machado owners, he is excellent in the other categories. Sure, it would be nice if he stole bases again, but the rest of his excellence will do just fine. Picking faults in Machado is like saying your Lamborghini is only getting up to 220 mph on the Autobahn. While he is split-neutral in terms of batting average, 86 of the 105 homers he has hit in his career have come against right-handed pitching. Machado has good bats in front of him and behind him, which puts him in an ideal spot of the lineup to continue to be a top-shelf run producer. The team hits like a softball team, but Machado could be even better if the Orioles add a true table-setter to the leadoff spot.
Machado went 1-for-4 with an RBI double in Sunday's loss to the Red Sox. Slowly but surely, Machado is warming up after a miserable 7-for-44 (.159) start. The third baseman has put together a modest (yet encouraging) five-game hitting streak to bump his average above the Mendoza Line. Considering the All-Star is typically quick out of the gate, Machado's slow start to the 2017 campaign is a bit disconcerting. Still, he's got a few advantageous matchups on tap for this week against the Rays and Yankees, so look out for him to kick his season into high gear.
Machado went 2-for-4 with a solo homer in Friday's 2-0 victory over the Red Sox. Machado's third bomb of the season provided the Orioles with their second and final run in a shutout victory. Although the slugger is hitting just .200 this month, it's just a matter of time before he turns things around and resumes his role as one of the elite producers in all of baseball.
Machado went 1-for-4 with a three-run blast, his first of the season, in Friday's 6-5 win over the Yankees. Machado's first big fly gave the 24-year-old his first RBI and run scored of the young campaign. He also struck out three times, something the third baseman did in just four games all of last season.
Machado rolled his left wrist making a stellar defensive play in Monday's season opener over the Blue Jays, but manager Buck Showalter expects him to be fine, Roch Kubatko of MASN reports. Machada finished the 11-inning contest and went 1-for-4 with a walk. Although Machado had a "good raspberry" according to the Baltimore Sun's Jon Meoli, it isn't expected to be anything serious. Especially considering Baltimore has an off day Tuesday, expect Machado to be right back in the lineup for Baltimore's next game Wednesday as the series against Toronto continues.
Machado went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Saturday's World Baseball Classic victory over Team USA. Down 5-0 in the bottom of the sixth inning, Machado kick-started the Dominican Republic's 7-5 comeback win with a deep fly off Nationals right-hander Tanner Roark. Machado was just 3-for-18 (.167) over seven Grapefruit League contests before leaving for the WBC. However, the All-Star third baseman has found his stroke on the world stage, going 4-for-9 with a homer and pair of runs scored through the team's first two games.
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