Usually, when a batter hits two home runs or more in the same game, his team will be in a good position to secure the win.
That’s, at least, what common sense indicates.
Before Monday, the O’s hadn’t won any of the eight games in which Santander had hit two or more dingers.
Times are changing in Baltimore, however, and the team secured its first one in a game in which the powerful slugger goes yard at least twice.
“#orioles are now 1-8 when Anthony Santander has a multi-homer game in his career,” Roch Kubatko the O’s reporter for MASN, tweeted.
#orioles are now 1-8 when Anthony Santander has a multi-homer game in his career.
— Roch Kubatko (@masnRoch) September 27, 2022
Times Are Changing For Santander And The Orioles
The vast majority of those eight games came during seasons in which the Orioles just weren’t competitive and didn’t have the pitching staff to hold back any offenses in MLB.
Now, however, Baltimore is much more competitive and it could afford Santander a path towards ending his “curse”.
It wasn’t particularly easy, however, because it took 14 runs for the O’s to secure the win.
Santander hit two home runs to reach 31 for the season, a career-high.
The soon-to-be 28 outfielder will be with the Orioles for at least three more seasons and is part of an impressive young core that will help the franchise contend, as soon as 2023.
They are, in fact, still alive in the 2022 playoff hunt, but they are unlikely to make it.
For the 2022 campaign, Santander is hitting .247/.322/.459 with 31 homers and a 122 wRC+, and the league average is 100.
Baltimore will need his power bat to produce runs in the next few seasons.