As we’ve reached the midway point of May, and after a horrific April, a few Orioles’ who are getting things going; even after a tough series in Detroit where things cooled off.
After April saw a resurgence in with the Orioles pitchers, May has been somewhat of a revival for the bat hurlers in Charm City. Although the Tigers series was a bit of a wake up call in the negative way, May has been much better than what we saw out of the O’s in April.
As the Orioles head home to face off against the dreaded New York Yankees, let’s take a look at two hitters who have been literally on fire so far in May, and one who has been anything but.
Boom Boom Trey is back
The Baltimore Orioles resident DH/1B/RF, has finally started hitting his stride. Trey Mancini started out the 2022 campaign in rough shape. He was hitting the ball well, but it was right at people. He finished April with a .224 BA, one homerun, eight RBIs, and 20, yes 20 strikeouts.
In the past two weeks, however, who has been hotter than him for the O’s? Not really anyone, because for the month of May, his line looks like this: .400/.471/.533/1.004. Trey has two homers in the month, and the best part might be that he has only swung and missed seven times in the past two weeks.
Two Orioles who are on fire in May and one who’s ice cold
Tony Taters is cooling off
Thankfully for the Orioles, Trey Mancini is on fire because while Mounty and Hays have been gone, so has Anthony Santander. Santander might not be gone due to injury, but he has been statistically missing for the better part of two weeks. His batting average might be a mirror of itself sitting at .224, but every other average has dropped at least .100 points.
The biggest part of his success through April was his almost easy ability to sniff out a walk. 16 times through April to be exact, but so far in May, he only has three. He is on track to end the month with more RBIs than last month, but the most important part of his game, getting on base, has been missing through the first two weeks.
Ceddy is heating up
The one, sure, thing that the Baltimore Orioles had going for them last season for Cedric Mullins. In April, there were glimpses of his old self, but finally in May, the O’s have him back. The big part still missing, is his inability to not strikeout often. 20 times in April, and so far 12 times in May, to include four time against the Tigers on Sunday. Besides that, look out!
.328/.349/.525/.874 is the stat line for May, and almost every number on there is over .100 better than when the month started. He already has three homers through May, two more than April, and he is heating up the base paths as well, stealing three bags in two weeks. Take away yesterdays game, and Ceddy is everything the Orioles need in the leadoff spot.
The O’s still need Austin Hays and Ryan Mountcastle to return to get back their full mojo, but Mancini and Mullins have helped fill in offensively in their absence. If the Birds want to get back to .500, however, the rest of the team is going to need to catch up as well.