For the second time this season, Aubrey Huff won the AL Player of the week of 25-31 August. Here are his great numbers:
The Orioles' designated hitter batted .478 (11-for-23) with four doubles, two home runs and seven RBIs from Aug. 25-31. Huff also posted a .913 slugging percentage along with a .480 on-base percentage.
The crazy revived but now injured Melvin Mora was named AL Player of the Month for August. Here are his numbers:
In 24 games last month, Mora batted .418 (41-for-98) with eight home runs and a Major League-high 32 RBI. The 36-year-old infielder posted a .765 slugging percentage and a .455 on-base percentage. The Venezuela native collected 17 extra-base hits, including eight doubles. Mora notched 13 multi-hit games in August and assembled an eight-game hitting streak from August 1st-10th. The two-time A.L. All-Star enjoyed a career day on August 17th at Detroit, going 5-for-6 with two doubles, two home runs, four runs scored and six RBI as part of Baltimore's 16-8 win. Overall, Mora had five games in August in which he collected four-or-more RBI. On the season, Mora is batting .283 with 74 runs, 27 doubles, 23 home runs and 97 RBI.
Given the production of these two and the general competence of the O's offense this season (especially the second half), it's especially disheartening to see the pitching fall apart so disgustingly. Nobody had this team pegged as contenders, but with a few more decent arms they could have shocked us.