It’s no secret that the Baltimore Orioles are one of the worst teams in the league, and the New York Yankees are one of the best. Put the two together 19 times a year as AL East rivals, and you’re going to get some gaudy numbers.
Still, the eye-popping numbers put up by Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres are unparalleled. Torres has been a decent, but not great hitter against teams other than Baltimore this season. When the Orioles come to town, however, he turns into peak Barry Bonds except even better.
Gleyber Torres this season (stats *entering today*):— Lindsey Adler (@lindseyadler) August 12, 2019
Cumulative: .278/.345/.501; .846 OPS, 119 wRC+
Against everyone but the Orioles: .261/.326/.420; .746 OPS, 94 wRC+
Against Orioles only: .400/.474/1.060; 1.534 OPS, 284 wRC+
Barry Bonds’ best season-long OPS was 1.422 in 2004. The Orioles have turned Gleyber Torres into Barry Bonds In 2004 But Way Better this season.— Lindsey Adler (@lindseyadler) August 12, 2019