There’s only one word that can describe Chris Davis’ offensive output in the 2013 season, and that is “wow.”
Chris Davis has been a solid hitter in his career. He hit a good .270/.326/.501 in 2012, with 33 homers and 85 RBIs. He was slated as a solid, but not elite, AL outfielder going into the 2013 season. However, that notion has been shattered in 2013.
He’s hit a ridiculous .337/.413/.700 on the year with 24 homers through 71 games. No, that wasn’t a typo- twenty-four home runs. It should come as no surprise to anyone that that number is the best in baseball right now. In fact, nobody is even close. The closest to Davis is Rockies’ outfielder Carlos Gonzalez with 20, a full 6 homers fewer than Davis. The only American League player who is close is Miguel Cabrera with 19.
Davis’ success this season has simply been incredible. In terms of Wins Above Replacement, his 3.3 mark is already better than any full season he’s had. In fact, it’s 2.5x better. If he keeps this up, he will be the easy winner of the AL MVP award.
Tonight, he added 2 more homers to an already impressive resume. Tigers’ starter Rick Porcello was no match for Davis, neither was struggling closer Jose Valverde. Although, so far this season, really, who has?