The Baltimore Orioles have had an okay stretch over their last four games going 6-4, but it has been a topsy turvy effort offensively as they have experienced a three game series that saw them score four total runs, only to hit five home runs in a single game, then get two-hit, but there has been one constant during their ten game stretch, Steve Pearce.
2014 has been quite a roller coaster ride for Pearce as he was designated for assignment, claimed by the Toronto Blue Jays (which he declined), brought back to Baltimore, had one of the hottest stretches we have seen from a hitter this year, cooled off and now he is stroking the ball once again, when the Orioles need it most.
Pearce is currently in the midst of a ten-game hit streak, which is a career high for him.
Steve has not just been dinking and dunking the ball over the infielders however, as he has recorded nine extra base hits during his streak, including five doubles and four home runs.
Unfortunately for the Orioles, every home run Pearce has hit during the past ten games have been solo shots, but anytime a ball goes over the fence, it's a good thing.
Pearce has hit .341 (14-41) over the past ten games and has also walked twice during that stretch. The biggest shot in the arm to him being on base so frequently has been that he has scored nine runs over the stretch.
Just for good measure, he also stole a base in last night's game.
Not to be out done, his defense has also been pretty big for the Orioles and is playing a good first base with Chris Davis having to move to third base to replace the injured Manny Machado.
Earlier in 2014, Orioles fans had to surprisingly ask themselves where would this team be without Steve Pearce? Over the past ten games, that question is worth asking again.
Pearce will look to continue to add to his career high hit streak and make it to 11 games, as the Orioles will be looking to take three of four from the Tampa Bay Rays.
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