If you are interested in finding out how the American League East Baltimore Orioles respond to the brawl on Tuesday with the AL Central Kansas City Royals you need look no further that what took place immediately after the dust had settled.
The first at bat following the brawl between Machado and Yordano Ventura the Royals starting pitcher, who plunked the slugger of the Orioles with a 99 mph fastball in the back, Mark Trumbo the cleanup hitter for Baltimore crushed a sinker from Chien-Ming Wang the Royals reliever over the fence in center.
The very next pitch was hit out of the park by Chris Davis to help Baltimore rout the Royals 9-1.
It was immediate redemption that happens only in the movies, but last night happened for real.
The next inning, Baltimore’s Adam Jones, not to be outdone, hit a home run to left center to lead off the inning. However, these home runs following the Machado brawl with Ventura are only coincidence.
The Orioles are becoming very used to hitting the long ball this season. The team has 18 home runs over their last six games played and leads the majors with 87 this season.
However, the last three especially the Davis home run, seemed to send the Royals a message of you may have messed with the wrong club.
Machado will undoubtedly be suspended and no one doubts that it is deserved.
There is no doubt either that on paper Baltimore cannot afford to lose his bat. They already are missing J.J. Hardy their Gold Glove at short, Darren O’Day their set up man, Yovani Gallardo a starting pitcher and Caleb Joseph a talented backup at catcher.
Machado, a candidate for league MVP, is a valuable part of the Orioles lineup and has covered short for Hardy without missing a beat.
One worries they may not stay afloat while Machado sits, but it seems when they are on the verge of being counted out, the team regroups and comes back stronger.
For instance, in 2014, the Orioles lost Matt Wieters and Machado to injury and Davis was suspended. Playing minus those three the entire stretch run and the team still was able to win 96 games and the title of the AL East. They even advanced to the AL Championship series.
Last season, the Orioles folded after much expectation of success. This season, failure was predicted but the team has thrived thus far and sits in first place by a half game over the Boston Red Sox.
Stay tuned to see how many games Machado will be suspended and how the Orioles react to losing him.