Orioles Notebook: Ryan Mountcastle On Fire, Cedric Mullins Keeps Rolling

Orioles rookie Ryan Mountcastle earned his first career AL Player of the Week Award after batting .458 (11-for-24) with seven runs scored, three doubles, four home runs, 10 RBI and a 1.083 slugging percentage in six games from May 31-June 6.

Mountcastle also had at least one hit in every game during his outstanding week, including four multi-hit efforts. He homered in three straight games for the first time in his career, becoming the first Orioles rookie to accomplish the feat since Jonathan Schoop in September 2014.

“As of right now, I’m feeling pretty good and I’ll try to keep it rolling,” Mountcastle said.

Mountcastle has recorded at least one extra-base hit and RBI in six consecutive games dating back to May 31, which is tied for the second-longest streak in franchise history. Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson holds the club mark with seven such games from July 17-23, 1976.

Mountcastle also became the first Orioles player to log at least 11 hits, seven extra-base hits and 10 RBIs in a six-game span since his teammate Trey Mancini in September 2019.

“He’s got all the talent in the world,” Mancini said. “He’s like me, the name of the game is confidence and the name of the game for both of us is not chasing too many pitches, getting in hitter’s counts. If we’re in hitter’s counts, we’re going to be pretty darn good, and Ryan especially.

“I mean, he’s got some of the quickest hands, some of the most natural hitting ability I’ve ever seen. I think he’s an incredible hitter, I think he’s going to have an amazing career and I think he’s got the potential to be a multiple-year All-Star guy. I really do.”

Mullins Keeps Rolling

Cedric Mullins is not slowing down.

The Orioles center fielder has maintained his hot start to the season, going 15-for-28 with two doubles, two triples and three home runs in his last seven games.

Mullins had hits in nine straight at-bats and reached base in 11 consecutive plate appearances before flying out in the eighth inning of the 18-5 win against Cleveland June 6. His hits in nine consecutive at-bats are tied for the second most in club history with Charles Johnson in 1999. Ken Singleton holds the record for the most hits in consecutive at-bats with 10 from April 26, 1981, to April 28, 1981.

Mullins is batting .322 on the season, which ranks sixth in MLB, and ranks third with 73 hits.

“It was a lot of confidence involved, with me being on the tear that I am right now,” Mullins said. “I want to be able to continue to spread that confidence as much as I can to the rest of the team and hopefully get some wins.”

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