While Chris Davis may be hitting homers at a lesser rate in the second half of the season and will very unlikely finish with 60 home runs, he has still had a monster year. There are some numbers to put that in perspective.
For instance, Davis is pretty much lapping the field when it comes to extra-base hits. With 49 homers and 40 doubles, Davis leads the majors with 89 extra-base hits. Mike Trout is second, but 19 behind Davis with 70, and Miguel Cabrera is third with 69.
Davis has 15 more plate appearances than Cabrera but 40 fewer than Trout. He is blowing that pair away in extra-base hits. While one of those three will likely be named American League MVP, it probably won’t be Davis.
Davis is now three extra-base hits away from Brady Anderson’s club record of 92 in 1996. Only two Orioles have ever led the majors in extra-base hits: Frank Robinson (85 in 1966) and Cal Ripken Jr. (85 in 1991).
Both Robinson and Ripken won MVP awards in those seasons by the way.
Davis also has a shot to deny Cabrera a first-place finish in two Triple Crown categories. He leads the Tigers slugger 49 to 43 in homers, but trails 133 to 128 in RBIs.
How about the note the Orioles PR staff provided reporters yesterday? With his next homer, Davis will become just the third player in MLB history with a 50-homer, 40-double year, joining Babe Ruth in 1921 and Albert Belle in 1995.
By the way, as the O’s lost the last three nights to the Yankees, Davis went 5-for-10 with a homer and four RBIs.
Davis seems to like hitting against the Toronto team he is facing tonight. He has a 10-game hitting streak against the Blue Jays, batting .429 (15-for-35) with six homers and 14 RBIs. In his last three games against the Blue Jays, Davis is 5-for-11 with a double, three homers, six runs and seven RBIs.