Baltimore Orioles power-hitter Chris Davis looked to have the 2013 homerun title wrapped up about a month ago after his game against the Seattle Mariners when he launched his second homer in just two days in August. He was the hottest slugger in the league and the only person who could possibly catch him was Miguel Cabrera. At the time however, that was as unlikely as the Chicago Cubs reaching the playoffs. Davis was smoking hot before the all-star break and was driving balls out of parks seemingly on a nightly basis.
Things have changed and Davis has slowed down. The Baltimore first baseman is just 3-24 in the recent days and hasn’t hit a home run in nine games at the dish. He’s still going to be a solid power hitter in the Orioles’ playoff push, but will Cabrera reach him to capture back-to-back triple crowns?
The only thing that could hold him back is his nagging abdomen injury that has been reported to be sore. In the race for triple crown, every day counts and Cabrera knows that.
He has the ability to knock multiple balls out of the park every night, so when he gets back it should be interesting to see how he responds. No pitcher wants to be the one to let him get back into the race, so we’ll see what kind of options he has once he steps back into the box.
The Orioles have a tough stretch coming up but the Detroit Tigers have a couple of easy stretches down the road. Will the pitching be a deciding factor or will Davis’ adrenaline for making the postseason help him fight off Cabrera to hold the title this year?
Look for both guys to continue their power numbers and helping their teams to victory, maybe even a Triple Crown for the defending champion.