Wednesday’s game between the Orioles and the Detroit Tigers was the last between two of the best hitters in all of baseball (and two of the best teams in the American League). Well, during the regular season, at least.
With a steady barrage of base hits and towering home runs, Chris Davis and Miguel Cabrera are both putting up Triple Crown-caliber numbers as we near the midway point of the 2013 season. They are, in some order, 1-2 in the American League in batting average, home runs, runs batted in, slugging percentage and OPS.
How tight have these two guys been? They were apparently playing home-run H.O.R.S.E. on Monday night.
As impressive as Cabrera’s numbers are through 70 games, the most dangerous hitter in baseball at the moment is Davis.
After a "slump" where he went four games without a hit, Davis has 13 hits, six home runs and 14 RBIs in his past nine games.
Davis hit another homer, his major-league-leading 25th, in the fourth inning Wednesday, nonchalantly slicing a 90-mph fastball from Tigers starter Rick Porcello over the left-field wall.
In the seventh, he added an RBI double down the right-field line.
Then in the ninth, just for fun, Davis crushed a two-run homer.
With 23 doubles, Davis is the only player in the majors with at least 20 homers and 20 doubles -- and he got there two weeks ago, in 58 games, making him the fastest player in baseball history to join that 20/20 club, according to Elias Sports Bureau.
After going 3-for-5 on Wednesday, Davis is batting .337 with an OPS of 1.132 and he is on pace to hit 58 home runs with 146 RBIs -- numbers that are better than Cabrera’s Triple Crown numbers from a season ago, baseball's first since 1967.
Of course, Cabrera is besting those numbers, too, with a .361 average, an OPS of 1.084 and a current pace of 44 home runs (which was how many Cabrera hit last season) and 164 RBIs.
That’s why you can make a case that either of these burly sluggers is the most dangerous hitter in the game right now.
Call it Baltimore bias, but I’m in Crush’s corner. It’s going to be fun watching these two duke it out the rest of the way, though.