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Orioles’ Manny Machado homers his way to history in first four games

Aug 13, 2012, 4:21 PM EDT

Manny Machado AP AP

Based on his modest numbers in the minors it seemed like a questionable decision for the Orioles to promote Manny Machado from Double-A to the majors just a month after his 20th birthday, but there’s nothing questionable about his first taste of the big leagues.

Machado went 2-for-4 with a triple in his MLB debut, homered twice in his second game, went 1-for-4 with a double in his third game, and homered again in his fourth game yesterday. Finally tally through four career games: 6-for-16 (.375) with three homers, five total extra-base hits, seven RBIs, five runs, and a 1.500 OPS.

Not bad for a guy who hit .266 with 11 homers and a .789 OPS in 109 games at Double-A.

Via the Baseball-Reference.com search tools: Machado is just the 12th player in MLB history with three or more homers in his first four career games, but amazingly four of those 12 have come this season with Will Middlebrooks, Yoenis Cespedes, and Yasmani Grandal joining Machado.

The all-time record for homers in a player’s first four games is four and it’s held by … Mike Jacobs. Of course.

UPDATE: In his first week as a big leaguer Machado was named the American League’s co-player of the week with Adrian Gonzalez.

  1. reggietfromda623 - Aug 13, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    Boy is the real deal!

  2. forthand26 - Aug 13, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    If he keeps this up, he could pass Trout for ROY.

    • mrredlegz - Aug 13, 2012 at 12:37 PM

      Yeah, he’s on pace to hit 121 home runs over a full season with 280 rbis and 200 runs.

  3. pinkfloydprism - Aug 13, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    Small sample size.

    Plus, Harper was killing it his first week or so too… MLB pitching will find a weakness and exploit it. However, I hope he keeps it up!

  4. sportsdrenched.com - Aug 13, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    It was also against Royals pitching.

    • rockthered1286 - Aug 13, 2012 at 12:55 PM

      The same Royals who just took 2 out of 3 against the ChiSox? Yup. It’s not like he was facing terrible pitching, just not the Cuetos, Grienkes, CC’s of the league. Give the kid credit. He had a better series than ANY Oriole bat in the lineup, and I highly doubt you could call out another AA player who could come up and have the same success in thier first 4 games. Next up is Boston, so this should give him a slightly more difficult task. If he continues hitting in this series the way he started, I think he’ll be just fine.

      Either way, I don’t foresee Mach-O headed back down to the minors anytime soon.

      • randall351 - Aug 13, 2012 at 1:44 PM

        The same Royals pitching staff who is ranked 25th out of the 30 teams with a 4.41 ERA. You’re right, not the Cuentos, Grienke’s, CC’s of the league, or the Millwoods, Milones, or Bucholzes either.
        What the guy did was special, no doubt about it, but don’t think the Royals pitching staff is anything but a AAAA level group at their best.

      • geoknows - Aug 13, 2012 at 2:05 PM

        Those pitches that he hit out against Hochevar? Yeah, my old maid aunt would have hit those out. Those were some seriously awful pitches.

      • rockthered1286 - Aug 13, 2012 at 3:34 PM

        Here’s the thing. He got the call up. Everyone said terrible move skipping AAA he’ll struggle. He didn’t struggle and instead hti very well and played solid D. Then everyone said it’s because the Royals are horrendous. So now Boston comes into town. If Machado continues to hit, it’ll be “well Boston is struggling this year and they’ve pretty much mailed it in so he’s still getting off easy” or “Harper started hot then faded so Machado will too.”

        Too many excuses. You didn’t see Jones, Markakis and Weiters destorying pitching (well… not the whole series) and they’re the best hitters on the team. Let’s simply give credit where credit is due:Machado had a great series not because the opposition was bad, but because he’s big league ready.

    • sportsdrenched.com - Aug 13, 2012 at 3:40 PM

      I don’t want to diminish a guys break out weekend. But everyone is always looking for the next big thing, and Machado might be the next big thing. But baseball isn’t about one series or even a half a season. It’s day in and day out. At the risk of sounding like “Get Off My Lawn” Guy….

      I’ve seen lots of prospects come up and have an excellent series, and excellent month, or even an excellent season. And then the league scouts them well and makes adjustments to their game. They fail to adjust back and pretty soon they’re calling to local radio shows for the “Baseball Segment”.

      When you see a guy get off to an awesome start. Think about this guy: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bo_Hart

      It’s great that Machado can knock around Royals pitching. I’ll wait and see what he can do against the rest of the league.

    • mattyflex - Aug 13, 2012 at 4:26 PM

      I hate that you own and maintain a Royals blog and you’re so negative about the team on here. Every day.

      • Tyree Studio - Aug 13, 2012 at 6:28 PM

        I am pretty sure sportsdrenched would write something positive about royals if there was anything positive going on. This year has been a complete failure in KC. When the best thing you’ve done all year is cut Yuni your team has issues.

  5. theawesomersfranchise - Aug 13, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    Who suggested this might be a mistake?
    Oh right that was me…..

    • sophiethegreatdane - Aug 13, 2012 at 2:42 PM

      Me too. I’ll happily eat my words if it comes to that. He had a great series and I hope it continues, but let’s pump the brakes on the silly predictions.

  6. myedayok - Aug 13, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    I hope the guy keeps it’s up…… But if you look at the era and teams who he’s faced I seriously think he’ll sustain this kind of output. He was only hitting something like 266 in double A.

    • rockthered1286 - Aug 13, 2012 at 4:19 PM

      Machado had a better line than Trout in AA. So there’s that.

  7. myedayok - Aug 13, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    Mean’t to say “seriously doubt he’ll sustain this kind of output”..oops

  8. paperlions - Aug 13, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    Y’all are a bunch of haters.

    Machado is the next ARod (in terms of talent, not douchery), and the Orioles are going to win multiple World Series (I’m guessing they’ll face the Nats in each of the next 8 WS, with each team winning 1/2 of them).

    • rockthered1286 - Aug 13, 2012 at 4:24 PM

      I’m sorry I can only assume this is 100% sarcasm considering last week you we’re saying Machado will be nowhere near the talent of Trout and it won’t make a difference for their playoff hopes…

      • paperlions - Aug 13, 2012 at 4:40 PM

        Only slight sarcasm. He looks better (obviously) than I thought he would….but KC pitchers weren’t particularly clever in their approach…of course, a guy that can jump on the first hittable FB he sees can negate a lot of approaches.

      • rockthered1286 - Aug 13, 2012 at 4:56 PM

        That’s just Manny being Manny. Yes I plan on stealing that just to piss of BoSox fans this week.

      • paperlions - Aug 13, 2012 at 5:06 PM

        You are right, he should just hope that pitchers keep hanging curveballs on the inside part of the plate for him, that strategy always works.

    • psuravens19 - Aug 13, 2012 at 4:58 PM

      Just an FYI Paperlions… Manny’s first to HR’s were on Curveballs not fastballs. so much for that theory.

  9. brianforster - Aug 13, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    im not being sarcastic in the least when i say im just glad people are still talking about the orioles.

    as an orioles fan its just nice to hear positive baseball buzz in baltimore. at this time of year usually the ravens take over. i don’t expect to make the playoffs this year, but i can’t say id be surprised. buck showalter continues to make chicken salad out of chicken sh*t.

    as far as machado is concerned, he played better than anyone could have predicted. he is going to slump, but at this point the orioles will take any win they can get, any day they can get it.

    • sophiethegreatdane - Aug 13, 2012 at 2:43 PM

      Well said.

  10. sophiethegreatdane - Aug 13, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    Count me among those who questioned the Orioles wisdom in bringing Machado up to the bigs. I’m still not convinced — need to see way more baseball than just four games before we’ll know — but I’m happy to see him do well. The kid has guts and fire, and those things have been largely absent from the Orioles for a long time (notable exceptions, of course.)

  11. mrhojorisin - Aug 14, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    Ah, Mike Jacobs! The Mets were able to turn him into Carlos Delgado that offseason, and Carlos became a huge part of their last contending team. I love Mike Jacobs.

  12. rarson - Aug 14, 2012 at 9:21 PM

    The thing about Machado: even when he’s not hitting, he’s playing third MUCH better than anyone else currently is, and is adding a lot to the team defensively. In fact, despite the great offensive start, he was brought in for defense, not offense. I don’t necessarily think it’s reasonable to think he’s going to continue batting like this, but it doesn’t really matter. His job is to play solidly at third.

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