Baltimore Orioles: Sweep the Phillies as 2020 Belongs to Anthony Santander

The Baltimore Orioles did it again: they swept another team that is loaded with top-tier talent.

And, the Baltimore Orioles win wasn’t just by one or two runs. It was a full-on 11-4 blow out at the hands of the team that wasn’t expected to get 20 wins in 2020.

So, what’s happening with this enigma of a team? Only time will tell.

But right now, this team is riding high and proving that 2020 is all about Anthony Santander.

This time the winning pitcher was none other than Thomas Eshelman who gave up four hits and two runs in five innings. And, the losing pitcher was Cy-Young winner Jake Arrieta who struck out four Orioles, but gave up seven hits and four runs in 4.1 innings.

By the time the O’s were finished in Philadelphia, they had 15 hits, a pair of home runs, and two doubles. Of course, one of the doubles belonged to Jose Iglesias, and the other was Anthony Santander‘s. The home runs came off of the bats of Rio Ruiz and Pedro Severino.

Honestly, it is getting quite fun to write about these wins. But, here’s the most exciting part of all: Anthony Santander‘s 19th RBI in the game puts him ahead of everyone in the MLB except for Charlie Blackmon and Aaron Judge. Everyone. Including Mike Trout, Manny Machado, Jose Altuve, and Nolan Arenado to name a few.

Just pause and think about that for a moment.

Here’s another fun one: Hanser Alberto has nine doubles – putting him in a tie for first. Jose Iglesias has eight. And, Santander has seven. Alberto is also in third for total hits – only behind Blackmon and DJ LeMahieu.

2020 is proving to be the Year of the Orioles. And, no one in their right minds would have ever imagined that this team would do what it’s doing right now.

In this final game against the Phillies, every starting player landed on base with at least one hit. Only Pat Valaika did not get a hit, but he walked, grounded into a force, and scored two runs earning an RBI. Severino went 3-5 on the night scoring two runs and earning three RBI.

At this point in the season, there are five Orioles starters with batting averages over .300. Both Renato Nunez and Severino have OPS’s over 1.000. Santander is on an 8-game hitting streak. Alberto is on a 7-game hitting streak. Even Chris Davis has a bit of a hitting streak going – as he has earned at least one hit in the last two games – he didn’t play in today’s game.

Check out Santander’s three-RBI double that made $330-million-man Bryce Harper look rather ridiculous.

Will the wins continue? Will the Orioles make the playoffs? How long will this fun last? No one knows, so enjoy it all while it lasts.

The Orioles go back to Baltimore for a quick wrap of the August 9 game that was postponed because of the tarp incident. At the time, the O’s were up 5-2 in the top of the sixth. Once that game is over, the Oriole become the home team for the first game of a three-game series at Camden Yards. The team faces Stephen Strasburg with Tommy Milone on the mound.