Baltimore Orioles: Cedric Mullins’ 2021 Turnaround Story

Cedric Mullins #31 of the Baltimore Orioles. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
Cedric Mullins #31 of the Baltimore Orioles. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images) /

Cedric Mullins’ 2021 turnaround has provided a spark for the Baltimore Orioles

After recording hits in both games of the Baltimore Orioles‘ doubleheader against the Seattle Mariners on Monday, Cedric Mullins extended his impressive season-long hitting streak.

The Baltimore Orioles leadoff man has had a start that many most likely didn’t predict. Cedric Mullins has hit in every game so far this season, and his hit streak going back to last year has now reached 15 games. His story, now relatively known, can only be slated as a turnaround of massive proportions and just what the O’s have needed so far.

During yesterday’s doubleheader, Mullins went 1-3 with a walk in both games. In the evening cap, he provided some extra pop with a double and an RBI that, in the end, helped get the O’s over the hump. His constant contributions have been the one ever-present during the first month of baseball.

The two main areas that Orioles fans are used to seeing Cedric Mullins perform well in are on the base paths and in the field. From his centerfield home, he has had 34 defensive chances this season, with 34 putouts and a goose egg in the form of errors. On the base paths, he has already stolen twice, but with his pace, we should all expect more to follow.

Going back to his newfound glory with the bat, we find Mullins at the top of Major League Baseball. After 11 games, he sits with 19 hits leading everyone else in that category. Mullins is also hitting .442, getting him into the top 3 overall.

Historically, the leadoff man is there to generate a spark or a lifeline. While the Orioles’ offense has been very hit or miss over the past few weeks, Mullins has done what he can to keep the hope alive. Only twice last season did Mullins go three or more games without recording a hit, making this early promise something to get excited about.

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The season is young, but this early turnaround story is just what is needed out of the gate for the Baltimore Orioles. Brandon Hyde has been doing what he can with the lineup night in and night out, but the one thing that has been a constant has been Mullins batting first. This may not be a playoff-caliber season. But, if Mullins has anything to do with it, it will at least be an exciting one.