Wednesday, July 23, 2008

The Mora the better

As I wrote about previously, Melvin Mora (.233/.301/.387) had a subpar first half of the season. But ever since the All-Star break ended, Mora has been on a roll. Here are Mora's numbers in the six games after the break:

July 17 -- 2-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 run scored
July 18 -- 1-3, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 runs scored, 1 walk
July 19 -- 3-5, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 runs scored
July 20 -- 0-3, 1 walk
July 21 -- 2-4, 2 RBI
July 22 -- 4-5, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 1 run scored

Mora is 12 for his last 24 and has four homers in six games. His average is up to .251, and his OPS has jumped up 65 points.

Ramon Hernandez has also started hitting the ball a little better after the break, and his OPS is up 43 points.

With the way the Orioles starters (except for Guthrie) have been pitching, the lineup is going to need to score as many runs as possible to keep them in games for the rest of the season. Being fourth in the AL in home runs (114) and fifth in team OPS (.760) should certainly help that cause.

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