Chris Davis was the Most Valuable Oriole. Or Manny Machado was the MVO.
According to one statistic, there was another Oriole who should have been the MVO, and he didn’t get even a single vote.
Davis was the choice of those who voted. Machado was my choice, and the pick of many others.
Zach Britton, Adam Jones and Darren O’Day got some support, and Caleb Joseph also got at least one vote.
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This MVO had in many ways, his worst offensive season of his career, and he missed 48 games.
While J.J. Hardy hit a career low .219 and had just eight home runs and 37 RBIs, the Orioles played better with him than with any other regular.
The Orioles were 64-48 with him starting at shortstop and just 17-33 without him.
Machado played each of the team’s 162 games, so they were 81-81 with him in the lineup. Davis missed just two games, and they were statistically a better team without Jones in the lineup than they were with him in it. The Orioles went 17-8 with Jones out.
Hardy missed the Orioles’ first 25 games with a left shoulder injury. The Orioles were 12-13 without him then. They lost 20 of the final 25 games he didn’t start. There were two games he entered in the late innings as a defensive replacement.
Manager Buck Showalter raves about Hardy’s defensive skills, but also spoke highly about Paul Janish’s defense, too. During the 14 games Hardy missed, Janish and Machado played shortstop.
The Orioles lost eight of nine games Janish started and six of the eight Machado started at short.
Hardy is back in Arizona, awaiting the birth of his first child and vowing to strengthen his left shoulder for next season.
If Hardy returns to a full schedule, perhaps we’ll have a better idea whether there was something to this fascinating stat.
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