The Chris Davis Report – At the Break

by Bill Chuck on July 15, 2013

Chris Davis hit his 37th home run to tie the AL mark for homers prior to the All-Star break as the Orioles defeated the Blue Jays, 7-4.

Now before anyone gets all excited about this, the record means very little, well even less than that.

You see, the All-Star break is a lot like Chanukah.

We know the Festival of Lights will occur sometime in December, we just are never sure when it’s scheduled. The same is true for the All-Star Game, we know it will be sometime in July but we’re never sure when the baseball gods will determine its date.

With that caveat in place, by homering for the fourth straight game, Davis tied Reggie Jackson‘s AL mark of 37 homers before the break, set in 1969. That year, the All-Star Game was played on the very late date of July 23 and Reggie’s Oakland A’s had played 92 games. Davis’ early bird starting Orioles have played 96 games.

When Barry B*nds disrespected baseball hitting 39 enhanced homers before the July 10, 2001 All-Star Game, his Giants had played 88 games.

Davis has already reached career highs in home runs and RBIs with 66 games left to play.

Year Tm G PA AB HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG
2013 BAL 95 393 343 37 93 38 110 .315 .392 .717
2012 BAL 139 562 515 33 85 37 169 .270 .326 .501
2009 TEX 113 419 391 21 59 24 150 .238 .284 .442
2008 TEX 80 317 295 17 55 20 88 .285 .331 .549
2011 TOT 59 210 199 5 19 11 63 .266 .305 .402
2010 TEX 45 136 120 1 4 15 40 .192 .279 .292
6 Yrs 531 2037 1863 114 315 145 620 .268 .325 .512
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/15/2013.

Davis’ chase of Roger Maris‘ 1961 record of 61 homers

Through 96 games

  • Davis – 37 homers (93 RBI)

  • Maris – 40 homers (95 RBI)

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