Orioles Card "O" the Day

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Miguel Tejada, 2004 Donruss Throwback Threads #27

With roughly one-eighth of the season in the rear view, it's too early to say that Nelson Cruz might pose a serious threat to Miguel Tejada's Orioles record of 150 RBI. But I can safely admit that it's fun watching him do his thing right now. The O's new left fielder/designated hitter had his biggest game of the young season last night, crushing a solo homer and a go-ahead grand slam to help the team turn a 6-1 deficit into a white-knuckle 10-8 win over Toronto. Through 20 games, Nelly is batting .301 and leading the team with a .386 on-base percentage, a .603 slugging percentage, 14 runs scored, six home runs, and 21 RBI. Among all American League players, only Albert Pujols (.625) is slugging higher than Cruz, and only Chris Colabello of the Twins (26!) has driven in more runs. Nelson's done most of his damage during the current road trip, batting .400/.464/.880 with four home runs and 14 RBI in six games at Fenway Park and the Rogers Centre. If all of these gaudy small-sample-size numbers don't do anything for you, can I interest you in a "CRUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUZ" t-shirt giveaway?

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