It has been exactly 30 years since the Baltimore Orioles had an AL MVP on their squad, but Chris Davis is doing his best to bring the trophy back to Baltimore.
Despite a few great players wearing the black and orange, the Orioles have had quite the drought when it comes to winning the MVP Award. Surely, not being competitive for the better part of 30 years doesn’t help any, but you would think that someone with Baltimore would get hot sooner or later.
Oddly enough, I had a member of the Orioles taking home the MVP honors in 2013, but it was Matt Wieters and not Davis. Unfortunately, my prediction seems rather far-fetched at this point — Wieters has done a great job commanding the staff, yet Davis’ play is much more integral to the team’s success.
If the playoffs were to end today Baltimore would be heading to the MLB playoffs for the second straight time and Davis has been the Orioles’ best player by a long shot.
Nailing his 24th home run of the season on Wednesday, Davis is on pace to knock 58 dingers this season which is by far the most in franchise history. In addition, Davis is driving in runs at an uncanny pace with 61 RBI already!
Don’t underestimate the power of American League pitching, however. Davis has proven his great play is hardly a fluke, but as his numbers continue to skyrocket look for the Orioles’ slugger to get more intentional passes and fewer pitches to hit. As Cal Ripken Jr. sits idly by and watches another Orioles great in the making, keep an eye on Davis reeling in the club’s first AL MVP trophy since 1983.