Nothing is decided for the Orioles with two games to go. They fell back into second place last night, but they could still win the AL East outright over the next two days or tie the Yankees. They also could wind up the No. 5 seed in the AL and have to play a road wild card game.
They are not as fortunate as Detroit. While 92 wins hasn’t even guaranteed the Orioles a home game at this point, the Tigers clinched their division with 87 wins last night and now can relax over the last two games.
Meanwhile, Chris Davis bashed another homer last night. He has now homered five games in a row, going 8-for-18 with six homers and 12 RBIs in that stretch. He is batting .444 (16-for-36) during a 10-game batting streak. He has hit 14 homers over his last 33 games.
Davis now ranks eighth in the AL in at-bats per home run at 15.9. Here is a list of players he ranks ahead of in that stat: Mike Trout, Mark Teixeira, Prince Fielder, Mark Reynolds, Robinson Cano, Albert Pujols and Yoenis Cespedes.
Yes, that is impressive.
Recently, Davis talked about how important it has been for him to get everyday playing time this year.
“I have to give Buck credit for putting me in there every day and sticking with me,” Davis said. “When it gets bad, it’s ugly. But it means a lot to me to play every day and be on a winning team. Words can’t express it.”
Buck might refer to Davis now as a “nugget,” one of those still young players coming into his own and proving to be a part of his team’s future, and not someone that can’t reach his potential that has to go back to the minors.
Davis also has proven to be adept at hitting lefty pitching about as well as he hits right-handers, something Showalter has pointed out several times. He bats .273 with an OPS of .836 and homer every 15.8 at-bats vs. right-handed pitching and .268/.799 with a homer every 16.0 at-bats against lefties.
At this point, there seems to be little question that Davis has solidified a spot with the 2013 Orioles, but at what position? Will they need a first baseman, and he goes back there? Can he move to left field if that becomes open? Will he be a DH? He has some versatility, some athleticism and a very strong arm.
Right now the Orioles aren’t worried about where he will play next year, just that he continues to bash homers this year. Even if he has to hit the top of a building to do it.