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The top of the Orioles' lineup has carried them through the season so far.
While predictably cooling off and only hitting .156 in May, Nate McLouth remains a solid leadoff man, capable of setting up a vast number of RBI opportunities for the heart of the lineup.
Speaking of the heart of the lineup, Nick Markakis has been his consistent self, Adam Jones is blossoming into a superstar and Chris Davis leads the team, and nearly the entire AL, in ever power category.
But the most resounding success story thus far has been the 20-year-old Manny Machado. Batting in the two-spot, Machado is averaging a team high .343 and is on pace for 20 homers, 97 RBI and 69 doubles. His 59 hits lead all of baseball.
While improving some as of late, especially J.J. Hardy who is currently on an 11-game hitting streak, the bottom of the O's lineup has been the weak point of the team.
While batting sixth on most occasions, Matt Wieters leads the six-through-nine hitters with a .237 average, which is much lower than each of the top five hitters.
Neither Nolan Reimold nor Ryan Flaherty are above the Mendoza line, and their platoon mates, Steve Pearce and Alexi Casilla, haven't been much better.
The Orioles are third in the MLB in runs, second in runs per game, and, while still seventh in the league, are not depending on the home run as much as they did previously in 2012.
Despite the bottom of the order, the Orioles have been one of the most explosive offenses in the majors.