Baltimore Orioles’ Chris Davis On Pace For Historic Season
With all of Major League Baseball focused on the potential Triple Crown repeat of Miguel Cabrera, the first baseman for the Baltimore Orioles, Chris Davis, is quietly having a season to rival Cabrera’s. Davis is currently first in home runs, second in batting average and second in runs driven in, with Cabrera second, first, and first and those respective categories. With Cabrera bringing in runs on an historic pace, and following up his MVP and Triple Crown season with possibly another one, Davis is sneaking up on him in all three Triple Crown categories.
With two months down in the season, Chris Davis has already smashed 20 home runs, and is currently on pace to hit 50 or more jacks over the course of the season. The Orioles franchise record for home runs in one season is exactly at 50, accomplished by Brady Anderson in 1996. Last year, Davis hit 33 homers, with 19 of them coming over the course of 67 games comprising the second half of the season. In Davis’ first two seasons, he muscled out 17 and 21 home runs at age 22 and 23, respectively, showing that the power numbers are not a fluke as Davis is entering his prime years, currently 27 years old.
Davis currently leads his team in the triple crown categories, with an average of .357, the 20 home runs, and 52 runs batted in. Along with those numbers, Davis also leads the league in slugging, OPS, and OPS+. While Cabrera seems to have a vice-like grip on the RBI lead, with his 65 to Davis’ 52, and a batting average lead of more than .010, there’s always the possibility of a cold streak for Cabrera and Davis continuing to produce at his current pace. Of course, the latter possibility exists, as well, and Cabrera could take the home run lead from Davis.
For Davis, with players like Nick Markakis, Adam Jones, and Manny Machado putting up good offensive numbers batting ahead of him and getting on base, the RBI opportunities for Davis should continue to be plentiful. Cabrera, as evidenced by the RBI numbers, has also been given opportunities a-plenty from his teammates. However, Cabrera has the luxury of Prince Fielder batting behind him, while Davis is being “protected” by a struggling Matt Wieters.
With history on the line for both players, things could get interesting as the season progresses. Cabrera is looking to become the first ever player to have consecutive Triple Crown seasons, but as Davis creeps up on him, along with already holding one of the triple crown categories at this time, it will be a fun season to watch from here on out to see if either can grab a hold of all three categories in the triple crown, or if one of them will have to settle for two of the three while the other keeps the remaining statistic as his own. This could also spark another question – assuming Cabrera is unable to win the Triple Crown and his torrid RBI pace slows down, could we be looking at Chris Davis as the American League MVP when all is said and done?