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Chris Davis is ridiculous

Jun 19, 2013, 4:38 PM EDT

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Chris Davis‘ insane season continues apace. Today the Orioles’ first baseman — playing DH — hit two two-run homers and a ground rule double to collect five RBI as the Orioles trounced the Tigers 13-3 in Detroit.

That’s 26 homers on the season for Davis, including four in his last four games. His season line is up to .337/.413/.720. He’s on pace for 58 homers and 146 RBI. Not bad for a guy who, in this MLB Network video, excerpted from tonight’s episode of “MLB Tonight,” admits to wanting to quit baseball back when he was with the Rangers:

Davis’  teammate Manny Machado and today’s opponent Miguel Cabrera will each have something to say about it, but at the moment, it’s hard not to see Davis as the favorite for the AL MVP.

  1. sumerduckman - Jun 19, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    And he throws a pretty decent slider.

    • jerze2387 - Jun 19, 2013 at 6:22 PM

      its funny that after he pitched is when his career really started to take off. Somehow pitching made him a better hitter..

      • rarson - Jun 19, 2013 at 10:11 PM

        Lest anyone has forgotten, he was 0-for-8 that game as DH. :P

        Two scoreless innings, striking out both Gonzalez and Saltalamacchia on some 90+ mph pitches with sick movement. His post-game interview was hilarious.

      • Panda Claus - Jun 20, 2013 at 10:36 AM

        Back in the day, that strategy worked for the Babe too.

  2. datdangdrewdundunituhgin - Jun 19, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    his second HR today was hammered. good to see this guy continuing his awesome year, he’s become a nightmare in the middle of that lineup. even if he has been beating the tar out of the tigers this year. seems like a good kid.

  3. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jun 19, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    It’s just how easy his swings are that really impresses me the most.

    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/chris-davis-five-most-effortless-dinger-swings-of-the-season/

    • DJ MC - Jun 19, 2013 at 5:55 PM

      I’ve seen him be completely fooled by a breaking ball, swing one-handed, just get the end of the bat on the ball, and still pull it up on the right field flag court at Oriole Park. Crush just has ridiculous power. I am absolutely convinced he’s going to be the guy to hit the Warehouse during a game, which no one has done, and which is a statement I couldn’t say about anyone before (mostly since Barry Bonds only got to play a couple games there).

  4. professor30 - Jun 19, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    Not bad for a career .270 hitter. Just sayin’.

    • DJ MC - Jun 19, 2013 at 5:58 PM

      He batted .337/1.006 in almost 1000 Triple-A plate appearances.

      Sometimes it takes a little while to make adjustments, and he never saw the playing time he needed in Texas.

      • paperlions - Jun 20, 2013 at 7:46 AM

        Maybe, maybe not. They gave him over 800 PAs and he just kept getting worse. He had chances, he just didn’t figure it out. How long is a team that is making a WS run supposed to keep putting a guy out there that isn’t producing?

      • Jonestein - Jun 20, 2013 at 8:45 AM

        @paperlions – EXACTLY. I can’t count how many times I’ve had to explain this to folks outside the Rangersphere that say how stupid the Rangers are for trading him to the O’s. He started off well enough but in time just could not hit major league pitching. He’d get sent to AAA and just devour pitching down there but when called back up – automatic strikeout. He was a huge offensive liability.

        Davis is a prime example of someone that needed a change of scenery. If the Rangers are guilty of anything, it’s not finding that magic combination to unlock Davis like the Orioles have done. The Rangers gave him plenty of playing time, it just wasn’t going to happen for him in Arlington for whatever reasons.

    • paperlions - Jun 20, 2013 at 7:44 AM

      BA is a rather useless way to evaluate a hitter’s contributions to offense. Just sayin’.

  5. miketreedy - Jun 19, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    Here is a case where “change of scenery” worked. I wish he had of hit like this when with the Rangers. They gave him lots of chances.

    • biasedhomer - Jun 19, 2013 at 5:27 PM

      While they did give him time in the majors, they never really gave him a full season to develop, to go through the ups and downs.

    • DJ MC - Jun 19, 2013 at 6:06 PM

      They really didn’t. He was in Texas for parts of almost-four seasons, and has basically played a month over a season-and-a-half in Baltimore. He already has more plate appearances with the Orioles.

      The Rangers never gave him the opportunity to establish himself. There was a good reason for that, because from 2009 on they have been a contender and needed to try and get some production out of that spot. He also was passed by Justin Smoak for a while there*. While he did spend a lot of time on the shuttle from Oklahoma City, he didn’t get a lot of at-bats when he was up.

      *I remember when the first rumors of trade talks came out and Orioles fans were hoping for Smoak in exchange for Uehara, and the disappointment in some cases when Davis came instead. Hindsight rules.

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jun 19, 2013 at 6:36 PM

        Remember when Davis was traded and they found out he was injured and the Rangers offered to take him back and replace him with someone else and Andy McPhail said “Nahhhh, we’ll hold on to him. He can play next year.”

        http://www.dallasnews.com/sports/texas-rangers/headlines/20110822-chris-davis_injury-may-force-rangers-to-add-to-trade-with-orioles.ece

        Foresight kicks Hindsight’s butt. :)

    • rarson - Jun 19, 2013 at 10:03 PM

      “had of”? Really?

  6. mudhead123 - Jun 19, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    “Don’t make it so obvious, man”
    -Jose Bautista

  7. tc4306 - Jun 19, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    Chris Davis = Orange Crush

  8. historiophiliac - Jun 19, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    Yeah, I would’ve rather seen Tillman bat today.

  9. jadaruler - Jun 19, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    Happy that Chris has taken the pool party to Baltimore. Sucks it didn’t happen here.

  10. tuberippin - Jun 19, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    If I’m not mistaken, 58 HRs and 146 RBIs would be the largest output by a single player since Ryan Howard had 56 HRs and 149 RBI in 2006…and man was that a fun year, just like it’s a fun year to watch Chris Davis in 2013.

  11. mc1439 - Jun 20, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Ridiculously roided! This is a better story than most because it negatively affects the Rangers. Thanks Chris Davis!

  12. flavadave10 - Jun 21, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    He has always had incredible power. He just learned how to actually hit.

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