By Eduardo A. Encina
The Baltimore Sun
12:35 PM EDT, September 14, 2013
TORONTO -- Orioles first baseman Chris Davis tied the franchise record for homers in a season with his 50th home run on Friday night. His next home run will pass with Brady Anderson's team mark set in 1996.
while 50 is a nice round number, here are some other key ones that put Davis' season in context:
Davis’ season OPS
Players in major league history who have recorded 50 homers and 40 doubles in the same season. Davis (50 HR/40 2B) joins Babe Ruth, who hit 59 homers and 44 doubles in 1921 and Albert Belle, who hit 50 homers and 52 doubles in 1995.
Davis’ WAR (Wins Above Replacement) metric, which doesn’t even lead the Orioles. Manny Machado has a 6.6 WAR.
The number of left-handed hitters to post 50-homer seasons in the American League: Ruth, Ken Griffey Jr., David Ortiz, Jim Thome, Brady Anderson, Roger Maris and Davis.
Number of opposite-field homers Davis has hit this season
Homers Davis has hit against Toronto since the beginning of the 2012 season, most of any player in that span. His seven homers against the Blue Jays this season ties teammate Adam Jones for the most of any Toronto opponent.
Out of Davis’ 50 homers this season, the number that were hit on pitches on the outer third of the strike zone and further out.
The Orioles record when Davis homers. They are 47-52 when he doesn’t.
Number of homers Davis hit while playing first base, most by a player since 2007
Davis’ extra-base hits this season, most in the majors. Anderson holds the club record with 92 in 1996.
Number of games Davis needed to reach the 50-homer mark. Anderson hit 50 in 149 games in 1996.
Davis’ total bases, most in the majors this season
The last time a player has hit 50 homers in a season, Toronto’s Jose Bautista hit 54 in 2010. The last left-handed batter to hit 50 homers was Prince Fielder in 2007 for Milwaukee.
Sources: Orioles PR, ESPN Stats and Info, Elias Sports Bureau
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