Five for Friday: Most amazing things about Orioles first baseman Chris Davis' season
Chris Davis has been the talk of baseball, becoming a household name by blasting homers as if he were some kind of baseball-crushing creature from another galaxy. His numbers have been out of this world. Davis is in the top 2 in the American League in batting average, home runs, RBIs, slugging percentage and OPS, and he is fourth in runs scored. In short, the Orioles first baseman's breakout season has been amazing, and in this week's Five for Friday, Matt Vensel lists the five most amazing things about it.
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Chris Davis is averaging one hit in every three at-bats
Power has never been a question for Davis, who has hit towering home runs at every level, from high school to the big leagues. But I'm sure that few baseball insiders believed he would be batting .337 as the Orioles neared the midway point of the season. After all, his career high for batting average was .285 in 80 games as a rookie. Plus, Davis has been more selective; his 32 walks are five shy of his career high. The home runs get the headlines, and rightfully so, but Davis has become a much better hitter overall.