On the one hand, this wasn't the best week for the Orioles. They went an anemic 2 and 4, and narrowly managed to avert a sweep at the hands of the dreaded Yankees. That last game was a doozy, though, featuring a clutch Adam Jones home run off Mariano Rivera, a vintage Jim Johnson save (finally!), and THIS completely nutso play by Manny Machado.
Still, the Orioles managed to collectively have a pretty great week, as it turned out. Why? Because four Birds were named to the American League All-Star team, three as starters!
So we're breaking format this week and assigning four Orioles as our stud(s) of the week.
Stud(s) of the Week for July 1 - July 8: Chris Davis, J.J. Hardy, Adam Jones, and Manny Machado
The line: Davis, Hardy, and Jones are all starting for the AL squad; Machado is a reserve.
Studliest moment: Not only is Chris Davis starting for the AL at first base, he got THE MOST FAN ALL-STAR VOTES in all of baseball, just edging last year's Triple Crown Winner Miguel Cabrera. It would appear that baseball fans have a crush on Crush.
The clincher: Collectively, these four All-Stars have 70 homers, 234 RBIs, and have helped lead the Orioles to a studly 49 and 40 record.