There are a number of statistical undertones as Chris Davis continues one of the greatest offensive seasons in Orioles history. Davis has a strong chance of overtaking Brady Anderson’s single-season franchise home run record (50 in 1996), and he can also play a role in preventing Detroit's Miguel Cabrera from becoming the first player in baseball history to win Triple Crowns in two straight seasons.
With that in mind, we’ll provide a periodic update on Orioles Insider telling you everything you need to know about Davis’ home run chase. (Feel free to follow his progress daily with the “Crush Counter” on our special Chris Davis webpage.)
DAVIS BY THE NUMBERS
Home run total (throught Sept. 8): 48
Games remaining: 20
Last homer: Friday (Sept. 6) vs. White Sox
Monday (vs. NYY): LHP CC Sabathia, 13-11, 4.86 ERA (Davis is 4-for-14 with 1 HR vs. him in his career)
Tuesday (vs. NYY): RHP Ivan Nova, 8-4, 3.02 ERA (Davis 6-for-21 with 2 HRs)
Wednesday (vs. NYY): LHP Andy Pettitte, 10-9, 4.03 ERA (Davis 3-for-13 with 1 HR)
Thursday (vs. NYY): LHP David Huff, 2-1, 5.12 ERA (never faced)
The onslaught of lefties continues, which obviously works against the left-handed hitting Davis' chances of padding his home run total.
Davis has homered once every 9.2 at-bats against right-handed pitching this season but only once every 14.5 at-bats against lefties. (He also bats .239 vs. southpaws, as opposed to .330 vs. righties.)
Roger Maris hit his 56th homer of the 1961 season on Sept. 9 off Cleveland's Mudcat Grant.
Davis will need 13 homers in the final 20 games to match Maris' single-season American League record (which Davis believes is the clean major league record as well).
It's quite a long shot, as Davis has never had more than 12 homers in a single month.
CRUSHING CABRERA’S CROWN
Cabrera hasn't homered since Aug. 26 and, trailing Davis by five homers, he'll need to get cranking soon to have a chance at repeating his 2012 Triple Crown.
Cabrera (.353) still holds a significant edge over Mike Trout in batting average, and he enters Monday with 133 RBIs, nine more than Davis.
The Tigers begin this week with three games against the White Sox in Chicago. Cabrera is batting just .200 with two homers this season at U.S. Cellular Field.
He does have two career homers against Chris Sale, who pitches tonight, and one against Jose Quintana, who starts Wednesday.