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Chris Davis keeps pace with Miguel Cabrera, hits 45th homer in Orioles win

Aug 18, 2013, 7:30 PM EST

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Miguel Cabrera went deep for home run #40 this afternoon, creeping closer and closer to the Major League lead in his quest to obtain a second consecutive Triple Crown. Current leader Chris Davis, though, blasted his 45th home run of the season to keep pace, a two-run blast in the eighth inning against Rockies reliever Edgmer Escalona. The homer put the O’s up 7-2, and reliever Josh Stinson pitched a scoreless ninth to nail down the victory.

Overall, Davis went 4-for-5 with the homer, a double, two RBI, and three runs scored.

Cabrera leads the AL in batting average, .360 to Mike Trout‘s .333. He leads Davis in RBI, 120 to 115, and trails him in home runs, 45 to 40. While the races in the AL East and NL Central certainly portend to be captivating down the stretch, so too will the back-and-forth between the game’s two best sluggers in Cabrera and Davis.

  1. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    And yet, no one will even consider Davis for MVP. Cabrera should win it, but Davis should end up second, and Trout a distant third, but all anyone wants to talk about is Trout and Cabrera.

    • biasedhomer - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:47 PM

      A distant 3rd? Trout is just as good as Davis, if not better. He may not have the power of Davis, but he makes up for it in other categories.

      In terms of counting stats, Trout has 8 triples, 28 stolen bases, 95 strike outs. Davis has 0 3B, 0 SBs, 149 SOs.

      Trout
      BA/OBP/SLG/OPS/OPS+
      .330/.429/.571/1.000/183

      Davis
      BA/OBP/SLG/OPS/OPS+
      .300/.379/.677/1.056

      Davis may have a SLG%, but is better at getting on base. If they were on the same team, you would have Trout in the 2 hole, with Davis right behind him. They both have different strengths, and will be neck and neck for 2nd place in the MVP voting.

      • biasedhomer - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:48 PM

        Edit: forgot Davis’ OPS+ of 180 (3 points lower than Trout’s)

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Aug 19, 2013 at 11:11 AM

        I notice you failed to mention that Davis has 24 more home runs than Trout. I know it’s just one stat, but geez, that’s not even close.

        And seriously? Triples? That’s really reaching, triples are a product primarily of luck, a good bounce here, a misplayed ball there. Davis doesn’t need the triples when he’s slow-trotting around the bases.

    • Kevin Gillman - Aug 18, 2013 at 11:57 PM

      NOBODY is even talking about Davis, they want to talk about Trout Vs Cabrera. I think it should be Miggy Vs Davis, and everyone else in a distant 15th, including Trout.

    • asimonetti88 - Aug 19, 2013 at 12:18 AM

      all three of them are having great years

  2. ray0414 - Aug 19, 2013 at 12:26 AM

    trout should not even be in the MVP discussion because the angels suck and have sucked all year. wont even come close to making the playoffs. they suck with him and would suck without him. CABRERA.

  3. fusionix7 - Aug 19, 2013 at 1:13 AM

    As a Miggy fan I wish Davis would play in any other division. The AL East is heaven for a lefty power hitter. Outside of Tampa it’s basically a bandbox to hit homers. Stiillll waiting for that Davis 2nd half drop-off that the writers were talking about. Quite the battle we have in store for the remaining games. Just imagine if Cabrera was healthy.

  4. drear45 - Aug 19, 2013 at 7:36 AM

    OK after Cabrera came back from missing a few games,Davis had 44 HR and Cabrera had 36 HR Now Davis has 45 and Cabrera has 40. I’m thinking if Cabrera hadn’t missed those few games it would be close to a tie on HRs…just sayin!

    • drear45 - Aug 19, 2013 at 8:31 AM

      Oh my a thumbs down I hit a nerve of a Davis fan!

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