Chris Davis has had a string of big hits on this current road trip that have been MVP-like. They have come in big spots and produced very big runs for the Orioles.
Tuesday at San Diego: An RBI double in the eighth inning for a 3-1 lead.
Wednesday at San Diego: A three-run homer in the eighth for a 6-3 lead.
Friday at San Francisco: A two-run double in the 10th for a 4-2 lead.
Saturday at San Francisco: A 466-foot solo homer in the 8th pulls O's within 3-2.
Monday at Arizona: A solo homer in the 8th ties the game 5-5.
Notice each hit was in the eighth inning or later? Davis is 7-for-24 on the trip, and six of the hits have gone for extra bases, with three doubles and three homers. He has eight RBIs in those six games.
While these hits have been MVP-like, it seems very unlikely to me that Davis can actually win the MVP award and join Brooks Robinson (1964), Frank Robinson (1966), Boog Powell (1970) and Cal Ripken Jr. (1983 & 1991) as O's to take that honor.
While Davis is batting .300 with 43 homers and 110 RBI's, Detroit's Miguel Cabrera is batting .366 with 37 homers and 111 RBIs.
While Davis has a .375 OBP, .679 slugging percentage and OPS of 1.054, Cabrera tops him in each category, going .459/.692/1.151.
Davis is amazing with runners in scoring position, batting .364 with an OPS of 1.257. That is very impressive. Guess what Cabrera does in those RISP situations? He bats .440 with an OPS of 1.447. That is beyond ridiculous.
None of this should diminish anything Davis has done. He has had a remarkable season and he is coming up big for the club at a key time.
Davis might keep Cabrera from winning another triple crown, but can he keep him from another MVP award?