Chris Davis is doing something really special right now. Before the season started, Patrick Guthrie boldly predicted on our podcast that Davis would follow his 33 home run season with 40 in 2013. After two long balls on his t-shirt night on Wednesday, Davis is on pace for 59.
Through 52 games this season, the O’s first baseman has the Major League leading 19 home runs. Last season he didn’t hit his 19th homer until August 18.
Against right handed pitching, Davis is hitting a crazy .402/.503/.877 in 149 plate appearances with a .467 BABIP. I thought he’d cool off after hitting .348/.442/.728 with 9 homers in April, but he’s hit .370/.453/.804 with 10 bombs in May.
The Orioles are 11-7 when Davis goes deep this season. Wednesday was his first multi-homer game of 2013. Last season he had two multi-homer games, both against Toronto. He hit three against the Jays on August 25 and two against them on September 26.
As of Thursday morning, Davis has four more homers than anyone in baseball, he’s just seven points behind Miguel Cabrera for the AL lead in batting average (hitting .359 to Cabrera’s .368) and 9 RBI behind the 2012 Triple Crown winner (50 to Cabrera’s 59). His .447 OBP is highest in the AL and 1.214 OPS is the top in all of baseball.