As MLB gets ready to approach the All-Star break, Adley Rutschman and the Baltimore Orioles are currently tied for the longest, active, win streak in baseball. Last nights win against the Angels upped the win streak to 5 games for the Baltimore Orioles. Meanwhile, the team has been playing some of their best baseball in years. Since the promotion of top prospect Adley Rutschman, the team has gone 21-17 and moved to just 5 games back of the final AL playoff spot.
Examining the Win Streak
Going into the win streak, the Orioles came off two gut-wrenching losses, as closer Jorge Lopez blew two saves in consecutive games against the Twins. Instead of being discouraged, the Orioles dug deep and avoided the sweep in the series finale.
Afterwards, they swept the Texas Rangers, winning all three games by one run. Finally, they beat the Angels 4-1 last night, with Orioles pitchers holding MVP candidates Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout hitless in 7 at-bats.
The Adley Rutschman Impact
Since being called up to the Baltimore Orioles, Adley Rutschman has been a bit of a spark plug for the team. Besides the team going 21-17, Rutschman has hit .262/.326/.536 with four home runs and 11 doubles since June 10th. After a slow start to his big league career, Rutschman has displayed an improved batting eye at the plate.
Over his first 15 games with the Baltimore Orioles, Rutschman struck out 15 times while looking a little overpowered by MLB pitching. In the 23 games since, he only has 13 strikeouts and has looked significantly more comfortable at the plate. His ability to adjust should serve him well as the season continues into the later parts of the summer.
How long do you think the Orioles win streak will last? Do you think the team can compete for a wild card spot? Let us know in the comments below!
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