Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers won a Triple Crown and an American League MVP award last season. But right now, in several key categories in the majors, he is a distant second to the Orioles Chris Davis.
Davis leads MLB with 19 homers with Cabrera second with 15. He has the slugging percentage lead over the Tigers star by .766 to .656 and the OPS edge by 1.214 to 1.099.
Pretty impressive stuff for the O’s first sacker.
You hear hitting coaches say batters are hitting well sometimes because they are letting the ball get deeper into the strike zone before swinging.
Nate McLouth today said he believes that is one key reason that Davis is hitting even better this season than last year when he hit .270 with 33 homers and 85 RBIs.
McLouth said that fraction of a second, which you can’t really tell just watching the games, can make a big difference. Davis has a controlled, easy swing going right now and he is seeing the ball a little longer and better according to his teammate.
“He is making the game look real easy right now and all of us in here know how hard the game is,” McLouth said this afternoon.
Most homers by an Oriole through 53 team games:
20 - Brady Anderson, 1996
19 - Chris Davis, 2013
18 - Frank Robinson, 1967
Davis’ 50 RBIs are the second most by an Oriole through 53 games behind Frank Robinson’s 53 in 1967.
Davis is batting .600 (18-for-30) during his current eight-game batting streak, which began with a four-hit game and was extended last night with another four-hit effort. During the eight games he has three doubles, six homers and nine RBIs.
He has 19 extra-base hits over his last 19 games with nine and 10 homers during that run where he is also batting .432 with 20 RBIs.
In there were an MVP vote at the one-third point of the season Cabrera might win again. He might. Davis would sure get strong consideration as his season long bashing of MLB pitchers continued at the Yard last night.