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 has an outside shot at Roger Maris' single-season American League record (61 in 1961). Davis can also play a role in preventing Detroit Tigers star Miguel Cabrera from becoming the first player in baseball history to win Triple Crowns in two straight seasons.
Cabrera's chances of completing a second straight triple crown are growing slimmer by the day as the Tigers' slugging third baseman was taken out of the lineup twice this weekend because of a strained abdomen. He did not look good rumbling into second base Thursday, and with the Tigers comfortably ahead in the AL Central, it's tough to imagine he's going to play every day down the stretch.
Entering Monday, Cabrera's .358 batting average is well ahead of Mike Trout's .334.
If he plays in the Tigers' upcoming series in Boston, Cabrera will be scheduled to face John Lackey (he's 4-for-12 with one career homer against him), Jon Lester (10-for-16 with a homer) and Ryan Dempster (1-for-4).