Baltimore Orioles: Top 7 Players in the Month of June

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Jun 28, 2015; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Orioles designated hitter Jimmy Paredes (38) high fives teammates after scoring a run in the sixth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

June was indeed awesome for the Baltimore Orioles, even though they lost the first two and last two games of the month. In between those four losses the O’s were 18-6. So their 18-10 record is a winning percentage of .643, as they outscored opponents 148-102.

The Birds were also able to make up some ground in the American League East. As recently as June 10th they were 5.5 games behind, but ended the month in a virtual tie atop the division.

However, the Orioles were not the only team in the A.L. East to have a good month of June. The Blue Jays were a fraction better at 18-9, the Rays were 16-12 and the Yankees 15-12.

For a team to have the success that the Orioles enjoyed in June, it has to be attributed to the sum total of successes that individual players were posting. As always, the O’s relied upon clutch performances and organizational depth beyond a simple and regular 25-man roster.

But let’s take a moment to think through the countdown of the top 7 players for June, beginning first with an honorable mention of some others who did not make the list …

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Ryan Flaherty – Yep, I include him. Not because of his still rather pedestrian batting average for June of .244, but for the fact that he knocked in 16 runs! That is a lot from the bottom of the order. And he had three triples.

Chris Davis – Probably I would put him at #8. He is still striking out a lot, but that is life with Davis. He hit .257 with six home runs and 19 RBIs.

Chaz Roe – This is one of the great stories for 2015 – a typical Duquette acquisition. Prior to giving up two runs in an inning on Tuesday night, his ERA for the season was 0.90 in 20 innings over 15 appearances.

Matt Wieters – His first game back with the O’s was June 5th, and he played in 17 games in June. The Orioles were 12-5 in those games where he hit .268, with three home runs and 10 RBIs.  It has been a good addition for the team.

Chris Parmelee – Another addition during the month, he added a good offensive boost by hitting .298 in 14 games.

So click through the following pages for the Top 7 countdown …

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