Found August 02, 2012 on Midwest Sports Fans:
[Editor's note: While working on this analysis of the Baltimore Orioles' chances of contending into September, Andrew put together a section on Chris Davis. It's so long and such in-depth statistical analysis that we're just breaking it out as its own article.] Chris Davis has finally begun to translate his well-documented minor league success into his big league game. While Davis’ 25+ home run pace is in line with his career averages, his current .260 batting average has been a welcome surprise for the Orioles. Analyzing Davis’ statistics, there is certainly reason for optimism: Davis’  batting average on balls in play is .329, which, although high, is absolutely sustainable. When Davis hits a line drive or a fly ball, he gets a hit better than 50% of the time (.511 avg), and that statistic is not a mistake–when Davis hits the ball squarely, he hits it hard. Even more encouragingly, since Davis is a power hitter a good majority of his balls in play will inevitably...

Baltimore Orioles don’t make move before trade deadline

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Ripken Jr. speaks about mother's kidnapping

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After discussing the AL team with arguably the most talent on its roster, it only seems appropriate that I now discuss the AL team with arguably the least talent on their roster. The Baltimore Orioles are a team that has been synonymous with losing for the better part of the past three decades. In a way, the Orioles are kind of like Val Kilmer’s acting career–big in the early...

The Orioles Stand Pat At The Trade Deadline

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Orioles 11, Yankees 5

Chris Davis hit a go-ahead grand slam in the Orioles' seven-run second inning and Baltimore rallied from five runs down to beat the New York Yankees 11-5 on Tuesday night. Nick Markakis had a two-run homer among his three hits for the Orioles, who have won four of their last six, but finished July 13-14, their first month below .500 all season. Ivan Nova allowed a career-high...

O's Defeat Yankees, Chris Tillman and O's Stand Pat at the Trade Deadline...

When Chris Tillman steps on the mound, one of two things often happen: he is either extremely good, or he just flat out sucks. His consistency has always been an issue throughout his Oriole tenure, but he has looked much better in his handful of starts in 2012; however, last night, the bad Chris Tillman returned for a while as he gave up five runs in the opening inning against the...

Boston haven’t ruled out Derek Lowe- Orioles could be interested too

Red Sox's GM, Ben Cherington said that they haven't ruled out acquiring right handed pitcher Derek Lowe although they haven't made a decision on him yet (via Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe). Another team that could be interested in Lowe are the Baltimore Orioles. Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun said that it wouldn't be surprising if the Orioles make a “big push”...
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