It sure seems Manny Machado is fixed.
After a rough first half (.230/.296/.445) of the season, Machado is looking much more like the superstar he is in the second half. Machado entered the Orioles’ game against the Angels on Friday night with a .333/.365/.541 second-half slash line, and those numbers got a big boost by the time the game was over.
Machado cranked three dingers, drove in seven runs, and hit a walkoff-grand slam to give Baltimore a crazy 9-7 win in comeback fashion over the Angels at Camden Yards:
Manny Machado tonight:
102.8 MPH Walk off Grand Slam
108 MPH HR
104.3 MPH HR
Solid night at the dish
— Daren Willman (@darenw) August 19, 2017
Manny Machado Post-ASG
● 48-for-140 (.343)
● 11 doubles
● 1 triple
● 8 home runs
● 34 RBI
— Dan Clark (@DanClarkSports) August 19, 2017
Machado is slugging .494 and has hit 26 home runs this season, and leads his team in fWAR (3.4). pic.twitter.com/4fWkwL4LBr
— Jeremy Frank (@MLBRandomStats) August 19, 2017
The game was also very important for the wacky AL Wild Card race. The win puts the Orioles (60-62) just two games back in the crowded race, while the Angels (62-60) fall into a tie for the second slot with the Twins (and the Royals and Mariners are just 0.5 games back themselves).