Yankees’ outfielder Matt Holliday was invited to an exclusive seven-member club on Saturday.
In the first inning of a matinee against the Orioles, Holliday smacked a single into right field, joining Robinson Cano, Miguel Cabrera, Albert Pujols, Carlos Beltran, Ichiro Suzuki and Adrian Beltre as the newest active major leaguer to record 2,000 career hits.
The next milestone awaiting Holliday? Home runs — 300, to be exact. The veteran outfielder/DH is currently stuck at 296 blasts, one of which he recorded during Friday’s 6-5 loss to Baltimore. Once he passes 300 home runs, he’ll be the fifth active player with at least 2,000 hits and 300 homers, joining the aforementioned Pujols (2,826 hits, 591 home runs), Cabrera (2,519 hits, 446 home runs), Beltre (2,942 hits, 445 home runs) and Beltran (2,622 hits, 421 home runs). The last Yankee to accomplish such a feat was Alex Rodriguez, who notched 3,115 career hits and 696 homers for the Mariners, Rangers and Yankees from 1994 to 2016.
The Orioles won their 19th game of the season 11 days ago. The club snapped a nine-game losing streak on Sunday afternoon, taking down the Marlins 10-4 to finally cross the 20-win threshold. Aside from the Orioles, who have baseball’s worst record (20-50), the White Sox were the slowest team to reach 20 wins, securing No. 20 on June 6 — 11 days ago, for those of you keeping score.
Mark Trumbo had three hits including a solo home run, three runs scored, and two RBI. Jace Peterson knocked in four runs, including two with a two-run homer. Starter Dylan Bundy wasn’t particularly sharp, giving up four runs over six innings, but it was good enough for the W.
Coincidentally, the Orioles’ last two wins at Camden Yards came on Father’s Day (June 17) and Mother’s Day (May 13). They were on an 11-game home losing streak.
There hasn’t been any one singular cause for the Orioles’ woes. The club has dealt with a handful of injuries. First baseman Chris Davis is having a tremendously terrible season, so much so that a Baltimore-area bar is offering free shots whenever he gets a hit. Second baseman Jonathan Schoop hasn’t hit anywhere close to the way he hit last year. Free agent pick-up Alex Cobb has a 7.14 ERA over 12 starts. Andrew Cashner has a 4.98 ERA and is on the 10-day disabled list. Zach Britton has been absent most of the season due to an injury, only recently coming back.
No one expected the Orioles to hang with the Yankees and Red Sox this season, but I don’t think anyone was expecting them to reach 20 wins in the middle of June, either.