Chris Davis had a historic day on Friday in the Baltimore Orioles‘ 5-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays, tying former O’s Brady Anderson for the single-season record of 50 home runs, as well as becoming the third player in MLB history to have at least 50 home runs and 40 doubles.
The other two players to do so were Babe Ruth and Albert Belle.
But as we celebrate what Davis has accomplished, it looks like that will be the only thing that will be celebrated in bird land. The O’s have blown every single opportunity to obtain either AL Wild Card spot as they have lost the season series to their direct competitors in the race to the playoffs: New York Yankees, Kansas City Royals and the Cleveland Indians.
The O’s have all the talent in the world offensively as they lead MLB in home runs with 197, but that doesn’t seem to mean anything as their closer Jim Johnson leads MLB in blown saves with nine. That’s just great.
That fact that Johnson is still closing is a joke, and Buck Showalter‘s loyalty to players, especially pitchers, is one of the main problems with the O’s this season. Showalter tends to let relievers or starters hang around on the mound too long when they either have nothing left in the tank or just can’t get the job done on that particular day.
But when the pitchers are done doing damage to any chance the O’s have of winning on that particular day, Showalter finally decides to pull them. The Orioles have one last shot to get things right, and that means they have to sweep the Blue Jays. If the O’s lose any game this weekend against the Blue Jays, stick a fork in them.