Sep 2, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Orioles left fielder Alejandro De Aza (12) hits an infield single in the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports
If you haven’t looked lately, since the Chicago White Sox traded Alejandro De Aza to the Baltimore Orioles on August 30, the left-handed outfielder has been hitting the ball pretty well with his new team.
In six games with the Orioles (24 at-bats) De Aza is batting .375, with an on-base percentage of .444 and he also has a slugging percentage of .667.
De Aza also hit two home runs on Thursday for the O’s, along with having a double in his short time in Baltimore.
In an article on the Baltimore Sun web site, De Aza was quoted as saying following his two-home run day on Thursday:
"“It’s chemistry, and I want to be part of that,” said De Aza, who had five homers all season before hitting two in the first three innings Tuesday. “Honestly, I wasn’t looking for those home runs, but it’s coming, and I’ll take it.”"
It would have been mice to see De Aza perform like that when he wore the White Sox uniform, but maybe the change of scenery is good for him, and I hope he does well the rest of the season and into the postseason.
DeAza is also on a team playing for a division title, so maybe he has a little extra motivation. The O’s magic number to win the AL East is now at nine. Baltimore (86-59) has a 10-game lead in the East over the Toronto Blue Jays (76-69).
In his five seasons with the White Sox, De Aza hit a total of 35 home runs and had 168 RBIs. He finished with a .270 batting average with the White Sox.