In the Orioles’ first 26 games, Adam Jones has one home run and 14 RBIs. Those numbers aren’t embarrassing, but they aren’t the kind of stats Jones is used to putting up.
Tonight’s three-game series against the Twins, which begins in Minneapolis, should help Jones.
Since the beginning of the 2012 season, Jones has batted .411 against Minnesota. He’s 23-for-56 in 13 games, and has five doubles, a triple, four home runs, scored 12 runs and driven in 13, according to Orioles public relations.
In games at Target Field, Jones is 12-for-32 with two doubles, a triple, three home runs and seven RBIs.
A lot of Jones’ difficulties can be attributed to Chris Davis’ subpar performance, and now his absence.
Now that Manny Machado is back and Nelson Cruz is consistently hitting ahead of Jones, perhaps the All-Star centerfielder will begin hitting better.
In the Orioles’ 26 games, they’ve hit 20 home runs, which ranks 10th in the American League. Of course, their relative lack of power is a big surprise.
Only one of their five starters, Chris Tillman, has averaged even six innings a start, but in his last three starts, he hasn’t completed six.
The Orioles begin play on Friday with a 14-12 record, a half-game behind the first place New York Yankees. With the stats they’ve accrued, their record is most impressive.