For those missing me, I was in China for two weeks and thus unavailable to comment on the O's. Of course, the Orioles chose this time period to put together their best stretch of the season, starting the Buck Showalter era 9-2. I landed in the U.S. on Saturday, and since returning to North American airspace, the O's are 1-3. I think we all know who is the problem.
While I was overseas, one of the most pleasing developments was Adam Jones' hot hitting. From July 31 to August 13, he hit .400/.444/.600, a line I'd take any day of the week. That brought his season line to .282/.318/.452, virtually identical to his current reading (you need only to add a single point to his OBP). What I find amazing is just how similar that line is to his final 2009 numbers. Take a look:
Given how poorly Jones started the season (.245/.268/.383 through June 4), I find it pretty impressive that he was able to match last season's numbers. If he can keep his .315/.362/.514 line since that date going, we might very well be seeing Jones become the player everyone anticipated. If not, well, a .280/.330/.450 line from your centerfielder isn't the worst thing in the world, either.