Orioles Stud of the Week

Maybe a little discipline did this player good.

By Jess Mayhugh. Posted on July 14, 2014, 12:24 pm

-Baltimore Orioles

Even though Mother Nature tended to get in the way, we had a couple of great series this week—taking 2 out of 3 from both the Nationals and the Yankees. As we head into the All-Star break, we want to tip our hat to a player who may have lost his cool a few weeks ago, but has been making it up to us ever since.

Stud of the Week for July 7-13:
Manny Machado

The Line:
Since his five-game suspension stemming from his antics against the Oakland A's, Machado's average has jumped from .243 to .270 and he has reached base in every game. 

Studliest Moment:
The third baseman was the star in Monday night's victory over the Nationals, and began the game with three hits in his first three at-bats against Stephen Strasburg. He had two more hits in extra innings and concluded with a two-run homer that capped off the Orioles six-run 11-inning rally. (ESPN came out with a neat stat about his performance).

The Clincher:
Since his suspension, Machado is 15-for-31 (.416) and has made some pretty amazing defensive plays. While he certainly looked immature when he flipped out in Oakland, the 22-year-old has since displayed resolve beyond his years by keeping his head down and grinding it out. Let's hope it continues in the second half of the season!

Jess Mayhugh is the digital editor for Baltimore, where she covers nightlife, sports, food, and events.
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