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Chris Davis becomes fourth player in MLB history to homer in first four games of season

Apr 5, 2013, 7:27 PM EDT

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It’s official: Chris Davis is the hottest hitter on the planet right now.

Davis’ early season rampage continued in the Orioles’ home opener this afternoon, as he delivered a go-ahead grand slam in the bottom of the eighth inning to lead the club to a 9-5 comeback win over the Twins.

The opposite-field blast capped a five-run rally. The table was set when Twins manager Ron Gardenhire elected to walk Nick Markakis intentionally to load the bases. After Adam Jones delivered a game-tying single, Gardenhire took out Casey Fien and brought in Tyler Robertson to face Davis. It backfired in a big way.

Davis went 2-for-5 with five RBI on the afternoon and is now hitting .600 (9-for-15) with four home runs and 16 RBI over the first four games this season. His OPS is sitting at 2.211. He’s just the fourth player ever to homer in the first four games of a season, joining Willie Mays (1971), Mark McGwire (1998) and Nelson Cruz (2011).

Davis actually has 11 home runs over his last 11 regular season games dating back to last season. He was homerless in six games during the team’s postseason run.

  1. unclemosesgreen - Apr 5, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    He’s always been a streak hitter – but he has just turned regular PT into longer and longer streaks. He’s a good one to look at when someone tells you some guy is a “quad-A” hitter. Davis had that tag pinned on him a thousand times.

    • tuberippin - Apr 6, 2013 at 12:42 AM

      As did Nelson Cruz, another Rangers prospect who has hit 4 HRs in the first four games of the season.

  2. hittfamily - Apr 5, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    Thank god he’s out of Tampa. The Rays allowed 20 runs over the first 3 games. He was responsible for 11 of them. Baltimore appears to have a good offense, but Jones, Wieters, and Davis appear to be doing all of the damage. If you can get past those 3, it is pretty easy cruising.

    • indaburg - Apr 5, 2013 at 8:15 PM

      Chris Effin’ Davis.

      I wish we had three guys we could depend on to do a lot of damage.

      • hittfamily - Apr 5, 2013 at 8:24 PM

        We do. Just not yet. Longoria, Zobrist, and Wil (4 games into 11 necessary to give us another year of team control). Add in Jennings and Joyce, and I think the Rays have the 2nd best offense in the Beast this year.

  3. 13arod - Apr 5, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    i they would have kept mark renolds and kept chris davis david in right they would be better

    • flavadave10 - Apr 6, 2013 at 2:09 PM

      Who’s Mark Renolds? And Chris Davis David?

  4. ncm42 - Apr 5, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    Except that Hardy, Machado, and Roberts have all come up with hits in big spots. Come to think of it, I believe Markakis and Nasty Nate McCloth have too…

    • hittfamily - Apr 5, 2013 at 8:12 PM

      Hardy: .176 average. 3 xbh
      Markakis: .222 average O xbh
      Machado: .176 average 1 xbh
      McClouth: Spent 50 games at AAA last year. Sam Fuld got off to a nice start 2 years ago also.
      Roberts: DL

      Yeah. Good point. Those guys are on fire. I was wrong. This is murderers row.

      • tonyinmd - Apr 5, 2013 at 8:39 PM

        Yeah, we all expect Markakis, Hardy and Machado to hit .222, .176, and .176 for the balance of the season. Those guys historically stink at the plate! Easy cruising!

      • hittfamily - Apr 5, 2013 at 8:55 PM

        Hardy will likely hit around .200 this year with a .650 OPS. Machado is in his first full year in the majors, will likely hit .250 with an OPS of .725 (according to Bill James and Zips projections), but could just as easily have an OPS under .700. Markakis will be good, but he hasn’t been so far, which you implied.

      • tonyinmd - Apr 5, 2013 at 9:35 PM

        Hardy likely will be around .230ish although I agree with his OPS. He also is likely to give you 15-20 HR’s with 60 or so RBI’s with this lineup. Not great at all, but certainly not easy cruising.

        Machado is indeed in his first full season. And those numbers aren’t far off from my expections…I obviously expect a little more but not a lot more.

        And I didn’t imply anything for Markakis other than he is not a .222 hitter at all, so citing that average right now is silly. My response really was only to your original post where you implied that our lineup only has 3 guys capable of doing any damage at the plate.

        The O’s don’t have a great lineup. But they do have quite a bit of talent at the plate…This isn’t a lineup to sneeze at and they are deeper than some think…especially if we can get something out of Roberts and Reimold.

      • flavadave10 - Apr 6, 2013 at 2:11 PM

        Right, because Markakis, Machado, and Hardy will continue to hit that bad. Just like it’s ridiculous to assume that Chris Davis isn’t going to hit 162 home runs, it’s ridiculous to assume that Markakis, Machado, and Hardy are going to continue to hit like they are right now.

  5. oztotten008 - Apr 5, 2013 at 7:38 PM


    • ravenunitas - Apr 5, 2013 at 8:31 PM


    • hittfamily - Apr 5, 2013 at 8:56 PM

      He tried to take steroids, but the needle kept bending when it touched his bicept.

    • flavadave10 - Apr 6, 2013 at 2:12 PM

      Clearly you’ve never seen Chris Davis play.

  6. ncm42 - Apr 5, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    *McClouth*. I don’t know who McCloth is.

    • CrimsonTribe - Apr 5, 2013 at 10:08 PM

      *McLouth*. I don’t know who McClouth is.

  7. tfbuckfutter - Apr 5, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    This makes me miss the days when’s player profiles had the Projected line for what their season.

    It does remind me of how happy I am that I haven’t been to in at least 5 years though.

  8. rockthered1286 - Apr 5, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    Crush Davis. I heard instead of a bobble head, their doing Davis Hulk Hand day at OPACY this year.

  9. mp1113 - Apr 5, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    Os hon, last year was no fluke

  10. sisisisisisisi - Apr 5, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    Meanwhile, the Astros are in some kind of a record, with 3 more strikeouts in the 1st.

  11. braddavery - Apr 5, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    Davis was my pick last season and this season to have some sort of “Jose Bautista” breakout year. Glad to see he’s raking. Of course he won’t keep up this torrid pace, but many have known he has it in him for years. Some guys just develope late.

  12. 8man - Apr 5, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    It looks like magic. Davis just looks like Reggie Jackson. How many first pitch homers is that so far. It’s sick!

  13. ncm42 - Apr 5, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    I wasn’t aware McClouth’s status for 50 games last year had any bearing on whether or not he has had any significant at bats in FOUR GAMES so far this season.

  14. rayricepudding - Apr 5, 2013 at 9:19 PM

    Hittfamily, I’m not sure who you root for but give me a break. Hardy is the best fielding shortstop in baseball. He doesn’t have to have a good bat. But didn’t he hit a home run yesterday? And Markakis- he was the orioles spark plug last year before getting hurt. He’s a great hitter and a gold glove right fielder. Machado is basically still a rookie and was one of the most touted prospects in recent years. If you want to talk about weak spots, talk about Ryan Flaherty, Alexi Casilla and Nolan Reimold (injury concerns). Don’t talk about the three guys that are the exact reasons why the Orioles are likely to exceed expectations this year.

  15. 13arod - Apr 5, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    he will hit near 60 homeruns and beat barry bonds record

  16. 410baltimore - Apr 5, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    Chris Davis is an absolute freak!

    This site has some pretty funny stuff about Chris Davis (the 2nd link has a HILARIOUS .gif). Writers (writer?) are pretty good, overall. For O’s fans especially.

  17. Old Gator - Apr 5, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    Peter Angelos is a genius.

  18. ncm42 - Apr 5, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    @hitt, if you’re talking to me, I was referring to what has taken place in this young season. Neither of us knows what any player ‘will’ hit this season.

  19. DiscountMescan - Apr 5, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    Rangers fans remember this guy could be playing 1st instead of Moreland. Streaky or not he can field and hits for power.

  20. denny65 - Apr 6, 2013 at 3:33 AM

    Hey, Michael Morse of the Mariners has 4 homers in his first five games. Just sayin’.

  21. sleepyirv - Apr 6, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    If you can’t be an All-Star, having a hot week is pretty good. A lot of fans would trade everything they have for that. Congratulations to Chris Davis.

  22. ihps247 - Apr 6, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    “….The table was set when Twins manager Ron Gardenhire elected to walk Nick Markakis intentionally to load the bases. After Adam Jones delivered a game-tying single, Gardenhire took out Casey Fien and brought in Tyler Robertson to face Davis. It backfired in a big way.”

    I guess Gardenhire didn’t watch the Rays game where they walked Weiters thinking Davis couldn’t hit but instead he delivered a home run. Wonder if this pattern is going to continue…….

    • Cris E - Apr 8, 2013 at 10:01 AM

      The bullpen was kind of used up. The singles came because Fien was left in too long already, but Robertson was not the guy to go to here. Tyler Robertson left an 86mph fastball in the middle of the plate. Tyler is in Rochester now. Gardy gets something of a pass because he was in a bind, but still, with a 12 man pen how do you not have anyone better than this ready, and more generally looking for platoon matchups at the back of the bullpen in this situation is dumb. Get Perkins up and make him get five outs. He’s not made of glass and there was even a 1 run lead to protect.

  23. scoocha - Apr 6, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    Will he even end up with 100 RBIs? Not a given since he loves striking out.

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