Two weeks ago I boldly (and stupidly, according to my podcast co-host Patrick Guthrie) proclaimed that that Jim Johnson was the best closer in baseball. Then he blew three consecutive saves. On Thursday, I highlighted the Orioles stellar defensive play this season. Last night in Toronto they committed two errors.
I’m not saying I’m a jinx or even that I necessarily believe in those sorts of things, but if for some reason I am, I need to be a little more careful with my proclamations regarding my favorite baseball team.
And yeah, maybe I am a little superstitious. I do turn my hat to the side when Pedro Strop comes into a game — that didn’t work yesterday either.
Chris Davis‘s offense has been discussed on a national level all season long, but after nearly two months of solid productivity some are putting him in American League MVP discussion. Jason Churchill of ESPN.com discusses why it’s not such a crazy thought afterall.
Davis went 4-for-4 Wednesday, raising his average to .329. He added home run No. 14, tying him for the major league lead. His .690 slugging percentage leads all of baseball, too, and he’s drawn 24 walks to aid his on-base percentage of .420, good for No. 4 in the game.
All fair points. As Churchill goes on to point out, Davis .376 BABIP suggests that his batting average and on-base percentage will slide down a tad. His power numbers on the other hand…
I’m not going to be the blogger that jinxes Davis. So I’ll flat out say he won’t keep up this pace of 52 homers and 155 RBI. Plus there’s this guy in Detroit named Miguel Cabrera that’s pretty good. But boy, would I like to be wrong about this too.