Originally written on Blog So Hard Sports  |  Last updated 11/11/14

With 16 wins (11 loses), the Baltimore Orioles tied the franchise record for most wins in the month of April. The 2012 team finished with 14 wins so we are ahead of the pace in that regard. As of early today, Baltimore’s Offense is 3rd in the MLB in runs (138), 6th in Batting Average (2.65) and 6th in Slugging (4.29). On the other side of the ball, they rank 4th in fielding percentage and 13th for pitching ERA. The O’s got key contributions from several guys, but the month of April was especially good to the following players: Chris Davis: He came into the season more relaxed knowing he was going to play everyday and the numbers show, a home run in each of his first for games and setting the record for RBI in a four game span with 16. He leads the A.L. in home runs with 9, 2nd in RBI(28),1st in Slugging(.728), 4th in BA (.348), 6th in BB (16). I left the Batting average and Walks bold for a reason. Chris Davis tended to swing and miss a lot last year, but these numbers are impressive for a strike out guy. He is missing less pitches and producing more chances for the guys behind him. It’s unrealistic for him to stay at .348 BA, but if he can stay around .290 consistently watch out American League. As a bonus, he smashed a bat over his leg. Adam Jones: Just like Davis, Adam started off hot with multi-hit games and at one point keeping his average above .400 for a stretch. He’s understandably cooled down but still carries a respectable .327 average. He has 4 HR and 20 RBI, yes he still has some wild swings and yes he blew a bubble and cost us one game vs the Yankees but nobody is perfect and people need to get over it. It’s still a long season to go. Manny Machado: The Kid is proving he’s a beast at 3rd base and his hitting is not far behind. This year he has been moved up to the 2 hole and proving that he can hit consistently with a .304 average. He only has 2 home runs but expect him to finish with 18 plus. Both Nate McLouth and Matt Wieters deserve honorable mention for their hitting. McLouth has been a spark plug in the lead off spot since Roberts went down. He and Nick Markakis have been doing a good job getting on base for Jones and Davis to drive in. And Wieters can’t be forgotten about with his walk off Grand Slam. That and his bat flip was good enough for me. The O’s are much improved from last year on the defense side, and one man changed it all — Manny Machado. With gold glove hands and a laser rocket arm, since being brought up to man the hot corner he and J.J. Hardy have locked down the left side of the infield. With 3 gold glovers behind them in the OF and Matt Wieters’ gold glove behind the plate shutting down the run game, expect the Orioles to finish within the top ten in Major League Baseball. In terms of pitching, there needs to be more consistency. Jim Johnson, Brian Matusz, and Darren O’day however have been pretty steady. Johnson leads the A.L with 10 saves and has an era of 0.62. Expect him to stay consistent if kept fresh. Matusz and O’Day both have 4 holds and have been pitching excellent. Matusz has been excelling in his role coming out of the bull pen. He wants to be a starter again but I think he’s found his niche. Both should be consistent throughout the season People who need to step it up/Injury Concerns: The DH spot and our 2nd basemen have not been productive at the plate. JJ Hardy is a rock on defense but only batting .200, and same can be said with Matt Wieters. Some how these guys need to find away to get to .250 or above and stay there. It’s kind of sad when your batting .125 (Flaherty) puts to much pressure for the guys at the top of the line up. Brain Roberts looked promising until he got hurt. Hopefully when he gets back he can stay healthy and try to make a push for his first playoff series in what presumably will be his last year playing for us. The Whole Starting Pitching Staff. They are near the bottom for quality starts and the 5th spot remains a question mark. All we are asking is for you to throw 6 innings to get to our excellent bull pen. Expect Buck to be bringing people back and fourth from triple-a until somebody can win the job. Pedro Strop has some excellent stuff, but is not consistent in pressure situations. Please throw a strike. Dylan Bundy received a plasma shot in his elbow and will be resting for 6 weeks. Hopefully it’s nothing major and he can come back healthy and help us towards the end of the season. My Thoughts (I’ll keep it short): Averages will eventually cool down but I’m hoping our star players stay above .285 and our roll players can get up to .250. It’s too early for trade talk but I think we need another power bat to help out Davis and the Marlins love giving away talent. Stanton Anybody? Not sure we have enough ammo to go out and get him but hey, it doesn’t hurt to ask in the coming weeks. Starting pitching will also be an issue at the trade deadline and if Jake Arrieta doesn’t pick it up expect him to be moved. Overall not a bad month for the Orioles, as Adam Jones would say on twitter: “#StayHungry“. On to May we go…. Related posts: Baltimore Orioles: First Half Review First Weekend In Birdland Who Should Get The Credit In Birdland?

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Jets players rip Patriots over Deflategate

Tom Brady: 'My feelings got hurt' in Deflategate controversy

Odell Beckham Jr. says he played with two hamstring tears

Report: A-Rod apologized to new MLB commissioner

Pete Carroll empathizes with Belichick, Pats in Deflategate

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Max Scherzer thanks Tigers with full page newspaper ad

Ray Lewis: Patriots should have asterisk for cheating

Report: Cavs players believed team lacked depth

Richard Sherman calls out Kraft, Goodell over their friendship

Brandon Jennings to miss 6-9 months with Achilles injury

Report: Josh Gordon tests positive for alcohol

NFL was profiting off Marshawn Lynch's crotch grab

NFL finally getting its own YouTube channel

20 most amazing stats in Super Bowl history

Six X-factors who could make an impact in Super Bowl XLIX

Five potentially fatal flaws for Patriots in the Super Bowl

49 Stops to Super Bowl XLIX

WATCH: Opposing Packers celebrate Pro Bowl TD

WATCH: Sherman, Peterson hug it out at Pro Bowl

WATCH: Chris Berman is not happy at the Pro Bowl

PHOTO: Brock Lesnar's tramp stamp says ‘Kill ‘em All’

WATCH: Hassan Whiteside blocks five shots in 7 minutes

Duke unveils 'K' hats after Coach K's 1,000th victory

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

NFL finally getting YouTube channel

20 amazing stats in Super Bowl history

Tom Brady: 'My feelings got hurt'

Potential 'X-factor' Super Bowl players

Potential fatal flaws for Pats in SB XLIX

49 Stops to Super Bowl XLIX

Chris Berman isn't happy at the Pro Bowl

Brandon Jennings out 6-9 months

Josh Gordon tests positive for alcohol

Report: A-Rod's apology meeting request gets rejected

Harbaugh rapidly landing recruits

WATCH: 'SNL' spoofs Deflategate

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.