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Chris Davis is on fire

Oct 3, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

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The Orioles are going to be playing a one-game playoff of some sort, whether they tie the Yankees for the division lead or whether they lose it today and have to face either Oakland or Texas in the wild card game.

Know what’s nice to have in a one-game playoff?  A hot hand.  Chris Davis has a hot hand.

Davis hit a homer last night — the only run in the Orioles’ 1-0 win over Tampa Bay — and has now hit homers in six straight games.  In that stretch he has seven homers overall and 13 RBI. For the season he’s at .272/.328/.505 with 33 homers and 85 RBI in 558 plate appearances.

There have been a lot of improbabilities in the Orioles’ magical season. Davis stepping into a full-time role for, really, the first time in his career and raking like he has is one of them.

  1. ravenscaps48 - Oct 3, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    Smoothest and Hardest Swing in all of Baseball… Almost like a BJ Upton / Ken Griffey Jr Hybrid Swing. That ball SOARS into the night. That one he hit last night had to have been the hardest hit ball in Tropicana Field history. It only measured 440 Feet…. Yeah, Because the Scoreboard that sits 15 feet above the Restaurant in CF stopped it! That ball would have EASILLY Cleared 500

    • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Oct 3, 2012 at 10:48 AM

      http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2012_10_02_balmlb_tbamlb_1&mode=wrap#

      Video link. What he hit last night was an absolute BOMB. And the amazing thing is just how easy his swing is right now. Smooth like cutting butter. BJ Upton was standing watching it in absolute awe.

    • thereisaparty - Oct 3, 2012 at 11:16 AM

      That is not how homerun measuring works. Hit Tracker Online had the standard distance of that HR at 445, and explains standard distance as:

      “The estimated distance in feet the home run would have traveled if it flew uninterrupted all the way down to field level, and if the home run had been hit with no wind, in 70 degree air at sea level. Standard distance factors out the influence of wind, temperature and altitude, and is thus the best way of comparing home runs hit under a variety of different conditions.”

      FWIW, Giancarlo Stanton has the fastest speed off the bat ever recorded by Hit Tracker. Maybe not the best way to quantify hardest swing, but better than simply stating an opinion.

    • thereisaparty - Oct 3, 2012 at 11:20 AM

      “Had to have been the hardest hit ball in Tropicana Field history”

      That homer is tied for the fourth longest hit in the Trop this season, and had the 30th fastest speed off of the bat.

      http://hittrackeronline.com/index.php?b=Tropicana+Field&sortm=sob&sort=desc

  2. hushbrother - Oct 3, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    Not to mention the home run he hit was a titanic blast off a pitcher who had no-hit stuff going. Impressive.

  3. jayscarpa - Oct 3, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    I’ll take Cano

    • madhatternalice - Oct 3, 2012 at 11:37 AM

      Robinson Cano 2012 salary: $14 million.
      Chris Davis 2012 salary: $488,000.

      • leeeroooyjeeenkiiins - Oct 3, 2012 at 11:40 AM

        Boom, head shot.

      • bblair917 - Oct 3, 2012 at 11:51 AM

        Career lines:
        Davis: H392 77HR 222RBI .259AVG .310OBP .467SLG .777OPS
        Cano: H1455 175HR 709RBI .308AVG .351OBP .501SLG .852OPS

        World Series Rings
        Robinson Cano: 1
        Chris Davis: 0

        The guy’s hitting now, really for the first time in his career. Let’s not get out of hand.

      • rockthered1286 - Oct 3, 2012 at 12:04 PM

        @bblair-

        Let’s not be foolish.
        #1- WS wins mean nothing comparing 2 players. Baseball is the ultimate TEAM game, not about individuals. You wanna tell me Mussina was not a good pitcher because he has no WS rings?
        #2- Baseball is always about the here and now. Not about career stats. If you’re good now, you get paid. If you’ve always been good, you get paid. It makes no difference. But for the sake of arguement, let’s look how similar their season has gone:

        2012
        Cano- .301 AVG, .374 OBP, 31 HR, 88 RBI
        Davis- .272 AVG, .328 OBP. 33 HR.83 RBI

        Given, Davis is slightly below Cano in every stat except HR’s, BUT for a guy with absolutely no protection in this lineup, I’d say he’s faired pretty well in 2012. I’d surely take Davis for $13.5 million less.

      • bblair917 - Oct 3, 2012 at 12:14 PM

        Cano had a great year in 2009, so I do think that he had a lot to do with that Championship. Agreed, it’s a team game, but unless you have capable players on that team, you won’t get very far.

        Davis was on TEX in 2008-2010, had tons of protection and didn’t produce.

        Baseball is a very historic game. Players and teams are measured against the past constantly. I understand your point about if you’re good now you get paid – Chone Figgins – but career stats aren’t as irrelevant as you’re making them out to be. How would players be evaluated year after year? That line of thinking has flaws.

        My response was basically in support of “I’ll take Cano.” Which any level-headed person would.

      • jayscarpa - Oct 3, 2012 at 12:20 PM

        The topic was HOT

        Cano has 8 straight multiple hit games and an OPS of 1.583

      • rockthered1286 - Oct 3, 2012 at 1:40 PM

        @bblair- one more thing worth noting. You’re comparing Cano, age 29 with Davis, age 26. 3 more years in the bigs will surely inflate career numbers.

      • Alex K - Oct 3, 2012 at 2:39 PM

        Does defense not matter anymore? Cano is a good 2B, too.

      • bblair917 - Oct 3, 2012 at 2:54 PM

        @rockthered Regardless of age, time in the league, club, salary, recent production, etc…Cano is FAR better hands down. Defensively as well as at the dish. This is a pointless argument.

    • bblair917 - Oct 3, 2012 at 12:30 PM

      Exactly, Cano is just as hot, if not hotter for longer than Davis. So, again…let’s not get out of hand.

      • madhatternalice - Oct 3, 2012 at 12:38 PM

        No one is suggesting that Cano is worse than Davis. That’s just crazy talk.

        But is Cano worth 13 and a half million more? I dunno. I was just responding to the nonsense, shortsighted “I’ll take Cano” comment.

      • jayscarpa - Oct 3, 2012 at 12:49 PM

        My answer was on topic, yours was not.

        Of course Davis is a better ‘value’ this year. And Davis is red hot. I was just pointing out that Cano is just as hot if not hotter because that was the topic.

        Unless you consider HR the end-all of stats.

      • rockthered1286 - Oct 3, 2012 at 1:12 PM

        Let’s go with the “hot” thing then. Last 7 days:

        Cano- 17 for 32, .531AVG, .529 OBP, 7 2B, 1 HR, 8 RBI, .844 SLG, 8 game multi-hit streak.
        Davis- 9 for 21, .429 AVG, .478 OBP, 0 2B, 7 HR, 13 RBI, 1.429 SLG, 6 game HR streak.

        Smaller sample size for CD, but numbers speak for themselves I think. Lower OBP but look at that slugging %…

        Then again, both have inflated stats from facing the BoSox.

      • jayscarpa - Oct 3, 2012 at 2:02 PM

        Don’t compare player stats with a different amount of games for each, it is kind of silly. That said:

        If you use the last 6 games you are right, Davis’ SLG is spectacular.

        If you use 8 games their OPS is Cano 1.583 and Davis 1.347

        Craig is right – Davis is HOT.

        But I’d still rather have Cano

  4. crispybasil - Oct 3, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    He also throws a nasty changeup.

    • southpaw2k - Oct 3, 2012 at 12:11 PM

      Sure wouldn’t want Robbie “Don’t Ya Know” Cano coming in the 16th inning to pitch, now would you?

  5. rockthered1286 - Oct 3, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    CD is keyed in right now. That thing has to look like a beachball coming to the plate everytime. When he gets hold of one, you know it’s gone immediately. But the best part of Davis’ game last night came post game, when asked about tying the O’s record for most consecutive games with a HR:

    “I could care less about the record. I’m just happy about the win.”

    That pretty much sums up your 2012 Orioles. All about the team.

  6. dunnd4d4 - Oct 3, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    “Davis was on TEX in 2008-2010, had tons of protection and didn’t produce.”

    Not sure what stats you are looking at but at 22 and 23 years old with limited PA I would say he produced fine.

    2008 – 295 PA, 17 hr, .285 BA
    2009 – 391 PA, 21 hr, .235 BA

    He was on 30+ hr pace in both of those seasons. He definitely has 40hr potential.

    • madhatternalice - Oct 3, 2012 at 12:40 PM

      “But those statistics don’t support my argument!”

    • thereisaparty - Oct 3, 2012 at 12:44 PM

      2009: .284 OBP, 79 wRC+
      2010 (with TX): .279 OBP, 47 wRC+

      This is for a first baseme. Davis did not produce for the Rangers after showing promise in 2008.

      *2009 was his 24yo season. Why did you ignore 2010?
      **There is no evidence for the existence protection theory

      • thereisaparty - Oct 3, 2012 at 12:48 PM

        My mistake. 2009 was his 23yo season

        2011 with TX: .296 OBP, 84 wRC+

  7. vallewho - Oct 3, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    test him.

  8. dunnd4d4 - Oct 3, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    “Why did you ignore 2010?”

    The PA’s he had in 2010 and 2011 are not large enough to even discuss. I’m pretty sure if I remember correctly there were some injuries that affected those years.

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