It's Thursday and you know what that means, it's time for Orioles101's Throwback Thursday and today we will provide a bit of a history lesson as the 2013 Baltimore Orioles are on pace to break several Orioles franchise records.
The team itself is not only on pace to break some franchise records, but there are several individuals on record breaking paces as well.
The 2013 Orioles defense is not only going to break the franchise record for fewest errors in a season, but they are on pace to obliterate the Major League record for fewest errors in a season. Baltimore is currently on pace to commit just 50 errors this season, which would snag the record by a huge margin set by the 2003 Seattle Mariners of 65. The Orioles have a legitimate shot at producing five and maybe even six Gold Glove finalists in Adam Jones, Nate McLouth, Nick Markakis, Matt Wieters, JJ Hardy and Manny Machado. Neither McLouth or Markakis have committed an error this season and Chris Davis has the third best fielding percentage among AL first basemen, so hey, seven finalists?
It has been no surprise that the Orioles have used a number of pitchers this season, but their 25 pitchers used is just two shy of the franchise record of 27 in a season set three times in 2007, 2009 and 2011. Baltimore has two pitchers on the 40 man roster that have not yet made an appearance this season in Mike Belfiore and Tsuyoshi Wada, and we have reported that Manager Buck Showalter would like to bring up Mark Hendrickson once rosters expand if possible, so it is certainly feasible that the 2013 Orioles could set a new franchise record.
Machado came out on fire in the doubles category and near the halfway point of the season, he was on pace to break the Major League record for doubles in a season held by Earl Webb with 67. Although the MLB record is not really a possibility any longer for Machado, he does have a chance to break the franchise record held by Brian Roberts of 56 doubles in a season (2009). Machado currently has 43 doubles, so he will need to produce 14 more doubles the rest of the way.
It is no secret that Davis is in the midst of one of the greatest offensive seasons in franchise history and he is on pace to set several records.
First off, Davis hit his 46th home run of the season last night and he is on pace to obliterate the franchise record for home runs in a season of 50, currently held by Brady Anderson in 1996.
Next on the list would be former MVP Miguel Tejada and the 150 RBI he recorded in 2004. Davis is 34 RBI shy of Tejada's record as he currently has 116, and will need quite a September to set a new franchise mark.
With his 46th home run last night, Davis tied Jim Gentile for third on the single season list, but Davis is still chasing Gentile's record of a .646 slugging percentage that Gentile produced in his great 1961 season. Davis is currently slugging .689 and is in great shape to set the new franchise mark.
Anderson not only owns the franchise record for home runs, but his great 1996 season also set the franchise mark for the most extra base hits in a single season with 92. Davis is on pace to crush, no pun intended, this record as well as he already has 82 this season.
Unfortunately it is not all good for Davis as he is threatening to break Mark Reynolds' 2011 mark of 196 strikeouts in a single season. Davis has 152 k's and will need to strikeout 45 more times this season in order to reach the mark, but hey I think we will deal with the strikeouts when the guy is hitting over .300 and is on pace to break both the home run and slugging percentage franchise records.
The Orioles are having a good year, but don't think for one second all of them would trade in their individual stats if it meant the Birds would return to the postseason with a shot at winning a World Series.
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