As the Baltimore Orioles continue to lose an unholy number of baseball games, I find it more and more difficult to follow the team.
I gave up on watching the team on a nightly basis a while ago. I simply can’t handle the constant losing. And it’s a shame really, because those who are watching on a regular basis are witnessing one of the greatest seasons in Orioles history by Cedric Mullins.
The numbers don’t tell the entire story, but they sure do provide a lot of useful information. Mullins currently leads the American League in hits and leads the O’s in doubles, triples, home runs, stolen bases, batting average, slugging percentage and OPS. Mullins’ fWAR is 4.7, which is fifth-best in the entirety of Major League Baseball.
Mullins’ ability to produce like this while being stuck in the middle of one of the worst baseball teams in this century make his feat more impressive. Mullins has played in 117 of the Orioles’ 120 games so far and has stayed as steady as possible while the team limps to the finish line in September.
Consider this — after his incredible start to the season in April, Mullins slumped mightily in May. He rebounded with an OPS of 1.172 in June and over the last two months, his OPS has remained over .800. Despite the team floundering around him on a nightly basis, Mullins continues to perform.
Outside of Baltimore, Mullins’ 2021 season will likely be forgotten. The franchise is facing deserved criticism for the front office’s refusal to add stopgap talent while the farmhands mature, leading the O’s to an embarrassing 15-game losing streak and owners of the worst record in baseball.
Nobody outside of Birdland sees anything positive. I can’t say I blame them.
But Orioles fans will be able to take away at least one great thing from this godforsaken season — Cedric Mullins is a viable building block for a brighter future.
When the farmhands arrive to support Mullins, things should get a lot better around the Warehouse. But until then, do your best to appreciate Mullins’ spectacular season.
We may not see one like it for quite a while.
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