If the Baltimore Orioles can manage even a single home run in Thursday night’s series opener against the Seattle Mariners, they will have made history.
Amid Wednesday’s pummeling of the San Diego Padres, the O’s tied the 1996 Oakland Athletics for most home runs in June, with 55. But guess what, people. June isn’t over! One home run tonight, and the record is theirs, free and clear. Three home runs, and they will have tied the record for most home runs in any month.
The Mariners’ will be starting Taijuan Walker, who has a career 5.52 ERA against the Orioles, but no one in the current lineup has homered off of him in a combined 24 at bats.
According to recently acquired slugger Mark Trumbo, not everyone on the team is aware that the June home run record is at stake tonight. But they might not need much of a conscious effort. Trumbo told USA Today that “this is easily the most powerful lineup I’ve ever been a part of.” You hear that? Easily.
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