Oct 11, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones (10) is congratulated by Baltimore Orioles left fielder Alejandro De Aza (12) after Jones hit a two-run home run in the third inning in game two of the 2014 ALCS playoff at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports
Former Chicago White Sox Alejandro De Aza is really putting up production with the Baltimore Orioles in the American League Championship Series, through the first two games against the Kansas City Royals.
Even with his current ALCS batting average of .444 in the first two games against the Royals, the O’s are trailing in the series 2-0, and are now two losses away from seeing their season come to an end.
The former White Sox outfielder, De Aza, was 2-for-5 on Friday for the O’s in the first game of the ALCS. In that game, he had one run, one RBI and struck out once.
On Saturday, De Aza went 2-for-4 (one double) with two runs and one walk. His double came off Yordano Ventura with one out in the third. He eventually scored a run on Saturday off an Adam Jones home run.
It is safe to say the trade the Orioles made for De Aza in late August with the White Sox is working out well for them, though they’ve lost games by scores of 8-6 in 10 innings on Friday and 6-4 on Saturday.
I find myself wanting to see De Aza do well with the Orioles. Sure at times he was frustrating in his at-bats and his fielding during his tenure with the White Sox, but I really have no ill feelings towards De Aza.
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This postseason for De Aza (four games) is 7-of-17 with four runs and 10 total bases. He’s hit three doubles and collected three RBIs for a .412 batting average this hit frost postseason.
Those numbers are much better than his regular season numbers, that saw De Aza bat .252 combined with the White Sox and O’s in ’14.
The O’s and Royals will play at Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium on Monday at 8 p.m. (ET) with the game airing on TBS.