Orioles first baseman Chris Davis led the majors in home runs in 2013 and 2015, which bodes well for this odd-numbered season if the on-again, off-again sequence holds.
Davis had 53 homers and an MLB-leading 138 RBI in 2013 and 47 homers and 117 RBI in 2015. He has averaged 32 homers and 80 RBI in the three even-numbered years that he has been a full-season player in Baltimore.
Of course, there is every reason to think it's more odd statistical quirk than actual trend, but manager Buck Showalter is all for it continuing -- though just through this year. He's just as soon go to an on-again, on-again, on-again sequence from here on out.
"I'm like everybody else,'' Showalter said. "I'm curious about it. I see it sometimes. You can say, 'Well, maybe this is the year, so I'm not going to worry about it until the year is over,' but we'll see. I hope if follows that this year."
Nobody is spitting on Davis's overall contribution to the team. Even though he hit just .221 with a league-leading 219 strikeouts, he hit 38 homers and ranked third among Orioles regulars with a .332 OBP.
"You know, he led our team in a lot of categories even though the level he spoiled us with in the past may not have been here,'' Showalter said.
Last year, Davis was dogged by a lingering hand injury that he says is completely behind him. In 2014, he suffered an oblique injury in late April that also lingered beyond the minimum stay on the 15-day disabled list. He also missed the final weeks of the season and the playoffs after being suspended for unauthorized use of the ADHD drug Adderall.
So, there are actual reasons for his struggles in the last two even-numbered seasons.
Now for the flip side of the trend. The two odd-numbered seasons in which he averaged 50 homers and 127 RBI were the only two seasons that Davis played exclusively with the Orioles that they DID NOT make the playoffs.