If you have tickets in the outfield bleachers for Friday’s home opener at Camden Yards, I recommend wearing a suit of armor or riot gear. If you have a set of hockey goalie equipment in your garage, that might also work.
Chris Davis is the hottest hitter in baseball right now, and he will be taking aim at you (don’t take it personally).
The Orioles first baseman enters Friday’s game against the Minnesota Twins with three home runs and 11 runs batted in after a three-game series against the usually-stingy Tampa Bay Rays. He is the second Orioles player to hit a homer in each of the first three games of the season (Frank Robinson first pulled it off in 1966).
And according to Elias Sports Bureau, Davis has hit 10 home runs over his last 10 regular-season games dating back to last fall. No player in franchise history had ever hit 10 home runs over any 10-game span.
In the Rays series, which wrapped up with a 6-3 Orioles victory on Thursday afternoon, Davis went 7-for-11 with three home runs, three doubles and 11 RBIs.
He is the first player since 1935 with 11 in the first three games.
Heck, quite a few teams haven’t even scored 11 total runs yet.
No wonder Rays fans gave the home team a standing ovation in the eighth inning Thursday when they finally got Davis out for the first time in two days.
And it’s not just that Davis is hitting balls hard all over and outside of the ballpark, it’s when he is hitting them.
Davis hit a three-run home run in the top of the seventh inning on Tuesday afternoon to blow open an Opening Day win. On Wednesday, he helped the Orioles build a 4-0 lead with another three-run home run and an RBI single (the Orioles lost, but he went 4-for-4 and scored twice). And on Thursday, he hit a two-run homer in the first inning and then broke another tie with a two-run double in the sixth inning.
That has certainly been a welcome sight for an Orioles club that struggled to drive in runners at times a season ago.
No, Davis isn’t going to hit 162 home runs this season, but suddenly him hitting 40 doesn’t seem that unrealistic.
And the way the 27-year-old is swinging the bat right now, I won’t bet against him hitting another one on Friday, Orioles fans.
So suit up accordingly and keep your head on a swivel out there.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun