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Chris Davis hit his 29th and 30th homers of the season

Jun 29, 2013, 9:35 PM EDT

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If it weren’t for Miguel Cabrera, Chris Davis would have been all we’d have talked about this season. The Orioles first baseman’s ridiculous season continued tonight as he mashed two home runs: a three-run shot in the bottom of the first off of Yankees starter David Phelps, and a two-run shot in the bottom of the seventh against Ivan Nova. He now sits on 30 home runs with a .333 average and 79 RBI.

Entering July most years, that’s set up well for a run at the Triple Crown, but Miguel Cabrera has other ideas as he leads baseball with a .377 average and 81 RBI. Cabrera, you may remember, became the first player to win the Triple Crown in 45 years in 2012.

  1. dondada10 - Jun 29, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    The first homer was very impressive. It was a pitch to the outside part of the dish and Davis just flicked it opposite field for a 3 run shot. Fun to watch.

    • tonyz6060chevy - Jul 3, 2013 at 3:57 PM

      That first home run looked like Herman Munster hit it !

  2. proudlycanadian - Jun 29, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    I have no idea why Girardi pitched to him in the first inning as there was a base open and the light hitting Wieters was up after Davis. Davis proceeded to hit a three run homer and the rout had begun. In a similar first inning situation this month, the Jays walked Davis in the first inning with second base open. They then proceeded to get Wieters out.

  3. orangandblack - Jun 29, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    Test him

    • Old Gator - Jun 29, 2013 at 10:36 PM

      Why bother? Just check bat and see how he did on his SATs.

    • paperlions - Jun 30, 2013 at 10:46 AM

      Every player is tested in ST and then randomly throughout the year. Last year MLB administered 5136 tests. If you that includes random testing of any player on the 40-man roster regardless of status, which seems unlikely, that is and average of 4.28 tests/player last year. If those tests represent only those given at the MLB-level (i.e. excluding MiLB players on the 40-man roster as all of those guys would be tested under the MiLB program), the average per player is probably a little more than 5/year.

      Odds are that Davis has already been tested at least twice this year already.

    • rarson - Jun 30, 2013 at 12:42 PM

      Davis has always had great power, he just had terrible plate discipline. I have a lot of respect for how much he’s improved this season. He has dramatically improved his strikeouts as well. So obviously the big change between last year and this year is his technique (and consistency), not his power.

      I think what is also being overlooked is his improvement in defense. Last year he looked like a passable first basemen. This year he looks very solid, if not excellent. He seems to have worked hard in all aspects of the game to improve his play, and it’s paying off. He also has a stable role on the team now and seems to be swinging easier, and having fun.

      Davis looks exactly like he did last year, and the year before that, and the year before that. The dude is huge. It’s no wonder he’s such a powerful hitter. Power has never been his problem. Swinging at garbage, over-swinging, not seeing the ball, those have been his problems in the past. Steroids won’t do anything to help those things, anyway.

  4. flamethrower101 - Jun 29, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    He has been ridiculous up to this point. Amazing that the Rangers actually gave up on him, though in their defense he was hitting terribly for them. He is 3 shy of tying his career high of 33 that he set LAST YEAR and the ridiculous pace he’s on I would not be shocked if he broke through that before we even get to the All-Star Break.

  5. Stiller43 - Jun 29, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    81 RBI and were not even into july yet? Good lord

    • badintent - Jun 30, 2013 at 2:01 AM

      Could have a legit shot to break Lou Gerhrig (sp) RBI record
      Barry Bonds is having a cow now.

      • ezthinking - Jun 30, 2013 at 2:56 AM

        huh?

      • badintent - Jun 30, 2013 at 3:26 AM

        Barry is worried about his HR record being broken.

      • tuberippin - Jun 30, 2013 at 3:11 AM

        He’s not going to get to 184 RBIs (Lou Gehrig’s AL record for a single season), let alone Hack Wilson’s 191 RBIs that he put up in 1930. Let’s be realistic.

      • badintent - Jun 30, 2013 at 3:24 AM

        And your reason(s) with 3 full months left is ? If Hack had listen to you, he never would have beat Lou’s. Be positive , no negative waves

      • tuberippin - Jun 30, 2013 at 3:31 AM

        My reason would be that in order to eclipse 184 RBI he would need to outpace the level of production he already has going. That’s a lot to ask from a guy already slugging over .700

      • badintent - Jun 30, 2013 at 3:35 AM

        true but he just needs some table setters in front of him. too many solos Hrs.

      • tonyz6060chevy - Jul 3, 2013 at 3:52 PM

        I Would love to see Barry Bond’s bogus single season Home Run Record come crashing down

      • badintent - Jul 5, 2013 at 12:37 AM

        It will happen, someday , someway , probably in Denver’s thin air.

  6. rockthered1286 - Jun 29, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    Just flew down to AMI south of Tampa for a family vaca, so I’m stuck with Rays games down here all week. Bummed I missed crush take 2 more yard but love it nonetheless. Elated the Os and Yanks have the ESPN Sunday night game tomorrow though!

    • Old Gator - Jun 29, 2013 at 10:40 PM

      You’ll be able to enjoy the Rays games from your relatives’ living room cable box. It’s not as if you’re going to be physically immured in the Tropicana Dump for them, and you’ll be able to buy hot dogs at Publix that don’t qualify for federal assistance to evacuate the entire neighborhood.

      What’s more, you lucky man, you can go visit the Ringling Brothers Circus Museum in Sarasota and go see the Hall of Horse Drawn Steam Calliope Wagons.

      • samu0034 - Jun 30, 2013 at 10:20 AM

        I’m still not sure if I appreciate or hate the fact that I have to look up the definition of a word from nearly every one of your posts O.G. Though I blame your archaic spelling of foetid for the last one.

  7. modellforprez - Jun 29, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    This dude is a Monster. Glad he is in the A.L

  8. theskinsman - Jun 30, 2013 at 5:04 AM

    Good for Davis. I wish him tremendous success…except when he faces Boston.

  9. jetsfan79 - Jun 30, 2013 at 6:50 AM

    If he sucked in Texas and now he’s a beast he’s probably getting some help. And who cares if he is, it makes it fun to watch. If he wants to drop dead at 50 to make 50 million that’s his problem.

    • rarson - Jun 30, 2013 at 12:49 PM

      He IS getting help. It’s called coaching.

      Davis looks exactly the same as he did when he was in Texas. His problem was never power.

  10. rockthered1286 - Jun 30, 2013 at 8:27 AM

    I love when people refuse to accept adjustments can be made over years and automatically assume juice. Is it possible? Sure. It is with every single player regardless of their success. But Davis had 33HR last year, most of which came at the tail end of the season. He’s made some huge adjustments in his swing and more importantly his patience at the plate. His K’s are drastically down and BB up. Of course I’m wearing orange tinted glasses but a quick point of the finger just because he didn’t come up from the minors in Texas as a huge bat means nothing.

  11. 13arod - Jun 30, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    He is going to hit 60 no question

  12. 13arod - Jun 30, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    Stiller43 miggy has more RBI’s then Davis

  13. scoobies05 - Jun 30, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    davis was a stud in the minors with tons of power and a career minor league batting average. last year, especially in the 2nd half, he started showing what he could do. this year he showed up to spring training 2 weeks early to work on defense. for the first time he knew he had a job locked down and look at the results. he is 27 and improving, not a player in his mid 30’s and improving. go deputy and go birds!

    • flamethrower101 - Jun 30, 2013 at 9:52 AM

      But ask Texas and they’ll say they’re glad he’s having success in Baltimore even though they’re probably kicking themselves for giving up on him.

  14. jayscarpa - Jun 30, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    It’s not so great watching the Orioles dismantle my NYY but they have one hell of an offensive/defensive team – and they are fun to watch. Showalter can sure put together teams.

    • pisano - Jun 30, 2013 at 10:16 AM

      jayscarpa…. it’s too bad the Yankees didn’t see how good Showalter was when they let him go. I picked them at the start to win the division, and I still think they will. Buck knows how to make all the right moves, good luck to him. The Yankees will have to be totally revamped.

  15. breastfedted - Jun 30, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Brady Anderson all over again. ROID RAGE

    • rarson - Jun 30, 2013 at 1:27 PM

      Because steroids totally improve your plate discipline, RIGHT?

    • Reflex - Jun 30, 2013 at 2:17 PM

      The really insulting thing about this is that 1997 was Anderson’s contract year. I guess the assumption is that he was smart enough to find magical roids that managed to make him an offensive monster, but not smart enough to use them in the year he is due to sign a new contract. Oops I guess?

      BTW, look up Roger Maris. He only had three seasons of 30+ HR’s, and his second highest total was 39HR’s. Was he on roids in 1961 when he magically pulled 61HR’s, 22 more than his career high and double his career 162 game average of 30(which itself is heavily inflated by that one outlier year)?

      • breastfedted - Jun 30, 2013 at 4:37 PM

        Of course Baltimore fans don’t think it’s possible one of their players could have done something ethically questionable. They also think a double-murdering stab king who knocked up several women is the second coming of Jesus.

      • Reflex - Jun 30, 2013 at 5:19 PM

        Um, I’m not a Baltimore fan, I live in Seattle. I just think its silly to pick on a player for an outlier year when baseball has outlier years going back more than a century. If your going to bash on Brady Anderson, well, you need to bash on Roger Maris and dozens of other guys who had one great year and nothing before or after.

    • ravenunitas - Jun 30, 2013 at 5:17 PM

      breastfedted…what was your momma taking when she breastfed you…DUH
      Got to be a Skankee fan.Love…all Oriole fans

  16. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jun 30, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    Davis was upset that Brian Matusz didn’t show to the pancake social and sent him a message on that first homerun.

  17. inthearex - Jun 30, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    Juice

    • ravenunitas - Jun 30, 2013 at 5:18 PM

      Orange please…or cranberry…it’s good for your prostate.

  18. thecrabcakestate - Jun 30, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    Why roids? Lets think people. He always showed this power and swing. That’s what roids can do. He is showing patience and discipline now. That’s the difference. His strikeouts are down and he’s making better choices at the plate. Lets not crucify the guy for working hard to improve.

    • tonyz6060chevy - Jul 3, 2013 at 3:55 PM

      Yeah, barely taps them ,and they go flying out of the ball park. That doesn’t mean anything !

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