ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. -- It’s just two games into this young baseball season, but it’s not too early to say that Orioles first baseman Chris Davis is off to a pretty good start.
Davis drove in four runs in the Orioles 8-7 loss to Tampa Bay on Wednesday night, including a three-run homer five batters into the game to give the O’s an early 3-0 lead. Davis also added two doubles and an RBI single Wednesday, tying his career highs with four hits and three extra-base hits.
After driving in three runs on Opening Day, Davis became the first Orioles player in franchise history to record three or more RBIs in each of the season’s first two games. The last player to accomplish that feat was Severna Park native Mark Teixeira with the Yankees in 2011.
Davis’ seven RBIs lead the majors. Last season, it took him until the 17th game of the season to reach the seven-RBI mark.
He's on pace to drive in 567 runs this season. But I don't think Hack Wilson's single-season record 191-RBI mark is in jeopardy quite yet.
Davis has also homered in eight of his last nine regular-season games dating back to last season (Sept. 26, 2012) and has nine homers in that span. Included in that stretch are four homers in his past five games against the Rays, all at Tropicana Field.
“I think it’s more of a feeling than it is a field,” Davis said. “I’m not chasing a lot of pitches, trying to get a pitch to hit and not miss it.”