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Chris Davis hits 36th homer of season, now on pace for 61

Jul 13, 2013, 8:20 PM EDT

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It seems like Orioles first baseman Chris Davis homers on every day that ends in “y”. This afternoon against Blue Jays starter Todd Redmond, Davis went deep for the 36th time this season and for the third consecutive game. The Orioles lost 7-3 despite the best efforts of Davis as starter Jason Hammel allowed six runs in six innings.

Davis is now on pace for 61 home runs over 162 games. 61 is an important number for him because he recently told ESPN’s Mike & Mike that he consider’s Roger Maris — not Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, or Sammy Sosa — the single-season home run record-holder. Maris hit 61 home runs in 1961 with the Yankees. Davis has received received unwarranted suspicion of performance-enhancing drug use recently and has had to go on record denying his use on more than one occasion.

After today’s game, Davis is now hitting .313 with 36 home runs and 89 RBI.

  1. papacrick - Jul 13, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    I’m sorry but that ballpark is a joke. That home run last night is a lazy fly ball in 30 other major league parks

    • bfunk1978 - Jul 13, 2013 at 9:00 PM

      30 others, eh?

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 13, 2013 at 9:52 PM

        Would have been a HR in 16 stadiums per hittrackeronline.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Jul 13, 2013 at 11:07 PM

        He’s counting Jarry Park in Montreal.

  2. bmoreravens1012013 - Jul 13, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    Crush does it again. But I’m glad I was at Friday’s game instead of Saturday’s because they they won , on top of him hitting a homerun. I have been an O’s fan all my life and its even more fun at the ballpark than even how it looks on television. Before a couple years ago it was bad because the fans got tired of being hoodwinked by the owner. And even then it was a sizable crowd considering how awful they were for so long. I joked with friend I was with and said, ” I cane to a party and a baseball game broke out”. Go O’s!

  3. jfk69 - Jul 13, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    Davis denies Ped use and credits Brady Anderson for his home run power.

  4. bmoreravens1012013 - Jul 13, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    The ballpark is actually ranked 9th in the league as far as distance , so its less than 30 buddy. I’m not sayin its not hitter friendly ,but let’s not let foolishness get in the way of facts.

  5. jfk69 - Jul 13, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    Brady responds
    “Because I only hit 50 home runs once, it was, in fact, an aberration. However, it was not a fluke”, he told the Baltimore Sun (March 20, 2004). “Nothing can be considered a fluke that takes six months to accomplish. Just ask Roger Clemons. Can someone please get a pillow for my seat. My bum hurts.

  6. sharknadosarereal - Jul 13, 2013 at 9:04 PM

    @bmoreravens as a Twins fan and suffering through the 90’s and the last few years I’m happy to see O’s fans with a team that’s been completing the last couple years. i hope Davis keeps it up cuz it is very interesting to follow. best of luck to your team man and i hope ya win that division!

  7. dafern0560 - Jul 13, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    He’s got PED written all over his face. I guarantee you that his power surge will last very shortly

    • rarson - Jul 14, 2013 at 11:12 AM

      It’s not a power surge. Unless you haven’t paid a damn bit of attention to him until now (which apparently a lot of people haven’t), then you’d have already seen his power. Only a complete moron thinks that Davis suddenly has power. Anyone with half a brain can see this season’s numbers are coming from his improved discipline at the plate.

      It’s sad to see so many people who call themselves sports fans, and even watch the games on a regular basis, without learning a single thing about the game.

  8. proudlycanadian - Jul 13, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    Both Davis and Jones hit solo home runs. Jones has been Baltimore’s most dangerous hitter this series. The two of them have been terrific. Toronto only had one home run as Edwin hit #25. These two teams lead the league in home runs. The Jays won because they took Redmond out of the game after 4 innings and relied on 5 relief pitchers to shut out Baltimore over the remaining 5 innings.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 13, 2013 at 10:15 PM

      Interesting game. The Jays scored 2 runs in the 6th to take the lead and then scored 3 more in the 7th as follows: HBP, BB, run scoring double, intentional BB, run scoring fielders choice and a second run scoring fielders choice. Baltimore did threaten in the 9th but could not score.

  9. lanjoith - Jul 13, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    I miss the offensive power surge of the “steroid era”. Steroids will never taint how great the summer of ’98 was. I miss guys routinely hitting 50+ HR’s.

  10. ncm42 - Jul 13, 2013 at 9:48 PM

    It’s weird, I thought half his games are played on the road. And all the other Orioles play in the same park. And a bunch of Yankees and Red Sox and Rays and Jays play there a lot too. But Davis is the only one for whom the park has led to 36 HRs.

  11. 13arod - Jul 13, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    dafern0560 shut up he is not on steriods

  12. tfbuckfutter - Jul 13, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    I hope he hits 62* homer runs.

    (Oh, the asterisk isn’t for the PED accusations….it’s because it technically wouldn’t be a record officially, but some notation is required to denote that it probably should be the official record….not all asterisks are bad.)

    • tfbuckfutter - Jul 13, 2013 at 10:11 PM

      Also, if you’re not sure before you start typing if you want to say “homers” or “home runs”…..proofread your post or you may end up looking dumb.

      Wait, I mean:

      EDIT: “Home runs”

  13. rockthered1286 - Jul 13, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    Yes that short lived power surge… Except he hit 34 bombs last year with a much higher strike out rate, hit for power in his abbreviated stay in Texas and also hit for power in the minors. Davis has ALWAYS been a power hitter. The difference is that he worked on his approach at the plate, thus the reason his K’s are down and BB’s are up. Think before you troll. Knowledge is power.

    • tontoepstein - Jul 14, 2013 at 4:06 AM

      There’s a difference between being a “power hitter” and being “Babe Ruth with a smaller gut.” There have been a lot of power hitters in baseball history. So what. If this was 1948, I’d think he might be corking his bat. But this isn’t 1948, and players more juiced than an orange grove are passing their drug tests, which calls into serious question the effectiveness and reliability of those tests. Apparently, they’re next to worthless.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 14, 2013 at 6:08 PM

        and players more juiced than an orange grove are passing their drug tests, which calls into serious question the effectiveness and reliability of those tests. Apparently, they’re next to worthless.

        Or the players aren’t taking anything. But yeah, the tests are worthless…

    • madhatternalice - Jul 14, 2013 at 8:05 AM

      You can’t convince the PED crowd about Davis. They’re so anxious to hang someone than they won’t let pesky things like “facts” stand in the way.

    • madhatternalice - Jul 14, 2013 at 8:06 AM

      You can’t convince the PED crowd about Davis. They’re so anxious to hang someone that they won’t let pesky things like “facts” stand in the way.

      • rarson - Jul 14, 2013 at 11:22 AM

        The absolute dumbest thing about the PED accusations of Davis is that they’re coming now. Not when the dude showed up to the majors (or minors, even) looking like a beast. Not last year when his easy swings were rocketing balls deep into the stands. Nope, nobody suspects a goddamn thing as long as you’re striking out half the time and only hitting 35-45 home runs in a season. Start improving your plate discipline, and suddenly YOU’RE JUICING!

  14. rockthered1286 - Jul 13, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    To the collective group of PED witch hunters:
    Why are NONE of you attacking Ibanez with 24 dingers at an age where purchasing Werthers Originals is acceptable?

    • tfbuckfutter - Jul 13, 2013 at 11:44 PM

      If you play for a terrible team no one cares what you do unless you are attacking records.

      That’s why people just poke fun at sad old A-Rod instead of still being (legitimately) mad at what a scumbag cheater he is.

    • tontoepstein - Jul 14, 2013 at 3:54 AM

      Uh…because this was a story about Davis, not Ibanez?

  15. DiscountMescan - Jul 14, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    Anyone accusing Davis of PED use should go drink some Drano and then jump off a roof.

  16. tontoepstein - Jul 14, 2013 at 3:51 AM

    “Unwarranted suspicion?” Is Bill Baer Davis’ agent, or what. No, it’s warranted suspicion. I don’t know if he’s taking anything, but it’s warranted. What *isn’t* warranted are imbecilic comments saying flat-out, point-blank, that he’s clean. Really? How the hell do you know.

    • rarson - Jul 14, 2013 at 11:27 AM

      Nobody is saying “flat-out, point-blank” that he’s clean. We’re saying that the suspicions of PED usage are unwarranted. How do we know? Um, maybe all the clean tests? Or, you know, simple logic, since steroid use causes obvious physical changes in a person’s body, none of which we see in Davis.

      I’m probably at a bit of an advantage, because I watched him play all last year and this year, but it’s pretty easy to see why he’s hitting so well this year: he’s not swinging at garbage as much as he used to.

  17. dafern0560 - Jul 14, 2013 at 7:38 AM

    Time will tell. PED’s take their toll on an athlete (It doesn’t take too long). To have a sudden short-term success hitting balls over the fence like the stadium is only 50 ft long, and not be suspected of using some type of anabolics in this time and age, is plain naive. Just as naive as all the (Orioles) apologists here, denying that Chris Davis is juicing. Same type of apologists who defended Lance Armstrong, Mark Macguire, Barry Bonds, Marion Jones…….etc. All they can do, is insult, and attack those who question a sudden and abnormal improvement of an athlete. Quite honestly, I don’t know for sure he is juicing, but I would’t swear over my mothers grave that he isn’t either. If he doesn’t keep this home-run derby pace for 4,5, or 6 years, or if he starts falling apart with injuries, and other stuff, then I will go like, hmmmm , see, I told 2 years ago.

    • rarson - Jul 14, 2013 at 11:42 AM

      “To have a sudden short-term success hitting balls over the fence like the stadium is only 50 ft long, and not be suspected of using some type of anabolics in this time and age, is plain naive.”

      And your “sudden, short-term success” claim is plain ignorant. Clearly you didn’t watch him play at all last year, because he was hitting bombs EASILY… he just wasn’t doing it nearly as often, mostly because he was swinging at a lot of stuff he shouldn’t have been. I can understand if maybe you haven’t paid any attention to Davis and now are wondering why some random guy is suddenly a power hitter, but what I’m telling you is that this is not the case. Davis has been a power hitter ever since he joined the minors. There’s nothing at all sudden about his power (not that steroids work that way, anyway).

      I’m not claiming that he’s clean. I’m claiming that the sudden PED accusations are the result of either ignorance or idiocy. What you’re basically saying is that a guy can use all the steroids he wants as long as he makes sure to strike out a lot and not hit over 50 home runs a season. Because apparently nobody thinks about it until you start hitting consistently.

  18. rockthered1286 - Jul 14, 2013 at 7:48 AM

    Here’s the fun part. Say Davis hits 55 this year. It’s reasonable. So next year he hits 55 again. He is still accused of juicing. OR say he hits 40. Then he’s accused of juicing for 2013 and laying off afraid to get caught. At this point, no matter what he does, he’s accused. And I’m not an apologist, I learned my lesson with Raffy, but I am not in the “guilty until proven innocent and you can never prove your innocence” train of thought. I simply cannot stand people who see an increase in ability and refuse to accept any rational justification other than PEDs. It’s a cop out and it’s easy to accuse by saying “you don’t know for sure that he’s not!” And you sir don’t know for sure that he isn’t but you sure seem hell bent that he is.

  19. sdeweese18 - Jul 14, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    Shut up about PEDs… I realize its the way the sport is but unless you understand Davis’ career before this season you’re an idiot for accusing him

  20. erbaodai - Jul 14, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    Not sure what Buck Showalter was thinking when he still put him fifth in the lineup, that wastes A LOT of plate appearances and RBI opportunities, switch Davis and Nick in the lineup, or move McClouth to the bottom.

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