Chris Davis and the Baltimore Orioles were a huge hit before the All-Star break.
Davis mashed a major-league leading 37 homers, and the Orioles sent the ball over the fence 132 times - 17 more than any other team.
Thanks heavily to an offense that ranked third in the majors in scoring, the Orioles hit the break with a 53-43 record and very much in contention to reach the postseason for a second straight year.
''Obviously our power has been a huge aspect of our success,'' second baseman Brian Roberts said. ''Hopefully that continues, but you can't always count on three-run homers.''
Good hitting has gotten the Orioles this far. Strong pitching, especially from the starting rotation, will likely determine their fate over the final 66 games.
''Last year we got deeper in games with our starting pitching,'' manager Buck Showalter said. ''If we do that, we'll have fun the rest of the way. If we don't, it will be a challenge. A lot of things feed off that.''
The longer the starters g...