The Baltimore Orioles are hoping that the return of young third baseman Manny Machado will improve their roster in multiple facets of the game. It goes without saying that their defense stands to get better with Machaco back out there.
They are also hoping that Machado will boost their lineup with his ability to deliver extra base hits. As he works his way back into things, this home run swing on Friday night had to be a welcome sight.
Following the trend of recent seasons, the Orioles look like they plan on sticking around the top of the AL East standings despite the fact that nobody thought they would be able to do as much. To stick there they will need Machado to be a key player.
As can be expected, Machado has been off to a slow start through seven games, batting just .148. As he finds his rhythm and re-adjusts to big league pitching, the Orioles will hope that this swing is a sign that he is getting back on track.