When Miguel Cabrera won the Triple Crown for the Detroit Tigers last year it was the first time since 1967 for either league. This season Cabrera has been a front runner in all of the same categories on more than one occasion. Now it is clear that a repeat will not be a very easy task for Cabrera thanks to Baltimore Orioles slugger Chris Davis. As of this writing he now has 27 homers. That is more than ten greater than Cabrera’s number.
Davis is on target for Babe Ruth and Mickey Mantle type numbers this season. While he is behind by a few points in average and a few RBI, he could be as much of a threat for the Triple Crown as Cabrera is. There is a lot to like about Davis but one of my favorite things is the calm swing of his bat. So many homerun hitters have a thunderous swing and the ball flies off the crack of the bat. It’s just different with Davis.
His swing on a single seems more strenuous than when he hits a ball over 400 feet. Once he makes great contact and knows he got it I can almost hear him calmly say, “There we go,” and give a nice sigh. The baseball wouldn’t give a sigh if it could talk because Davis creams it when he makes great contact like that. His start to this season was so good it seemed like he could not possibly continue on that pace and sure enough he didn’t. He didn’t go into a slump either and right now he is on just as big of a tear as he was in the first week of the season. He might have 35 jacks by the all-star break.