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With Mark Trumbo back from the DL, the Orioles need his bat to heat up

August 11th, 2017 at 9:13 AM
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After winning seven of ten games while Mark Trumbo was on the disabled list, the Orioles welcomed back their DH on Wednesday and inserted him right back in the middle of the order. Forgive me if I don’t celebrate.

Trumbo picked up where he left off before his rib injury going 0-for-3 and striking out twice. His high 23.3 percent strikeout rate is consistent with his history (actually, a bit lower), but his declining power and limited run production are concerning. Through Wednesday, Trumbo has only hit 17 home runs this year – a far cry from his league leading 47 in 2016, and he’s on pace to drive in only 71 runs compared to 108 last year.

Trumbo’s discouraging season isn’t going unnoticed. My Camden Chat colleague, George Battersby, just wrote a piece showing that batting Trumbo and Chris Davis in prominent lineup positions is hurting the team. The Orioles DH also made ESPN writer David Schoenfield’s 2017 All-Disappointment Team, stating that Trumbo’s slugging percentage is 130 points lower than last year.

Battersby points out that, when batting back-to-back, …

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