Orioles near MLB home run history as regular season winds down
There are several avenues where they could be historically good
The Orioles were beaten down by the Red Sox on Monday night, 12-2. It dropped the Birds to three out in the AL East and back to having only a one-game lead over the Tigers for the second AL wild card. Not surprisingly, the two runs the O's did get were solo homers by Manny Machado and Chris Davis.
Machado really got his:
That was Machado's 35th, which is good for seventh in the AL but only third on his own team. Mark Trumbo leads the AL with 41 homers while Davis' shot on Monday was his 37th.
This marks the 15th time in baseball history that a team has three players with at least 35 home runs. The Blue Jays did it last season with Josh Donaldson, Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion. Before that, the last three teams were the 2006 White Sox (Jermaine Dye, Jim Thome, Paul Konerko), the 2004 Cubs (Sammy Sosa, Moises Alou, Aramis Ramirez) and the 2003 Braves (Javy Lopez, Andruw Jones, Gary Sheffield).
Of course, if Machado manages five more home runs while Davis hits three, the Orioles will become the fourth team in MLB history with three 40-homer players after the 1973 Braves (Hank Aaron, Darrell Evans, Davey Johns0n), the 1996 Rockies (Andres Galarraga, Vinny Castilla, Ellis Burks) and the 1997 Rockies (Galarraga, Castilla, Larry Walker).
We've covered this before, but this makes the Orioles the 19th team in MLB history with six 20-plus homer guys. The record is seven, which has been achieved by five teams. Matt Wieters sits with 14 homers right now, so he'd need to get hot in order to help his team tie the record, but it's not out of the question.
As a team, the Orioles have an MLB-best 228 home runs right now. That's already the 36th-highest team total in MLB history. It's an average of 1.59 per game, so if the pace continues, the Orioles would end with 258 home runs on the season.
Here are the top five HR-hitting teams in MLB history:
[For those curious, the only team in the top 30 that came before the 1994 strike was the 1961 Yankees with 240 (15th all-time)]
So not only are the Orioles the best overall home-run hitting team in 2016, they are one of the best of all time. We can't be sure if that translates to postseason success -- or if they even make the postseason -- but they'll be fun to watch in the meantime. At least when they are batting.
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