Will Chris Davis Continue His Impressive Home Run Streak?
By Alex DiCenso
This past week Chris Davis drew headlines after mashing a home run in 5 consecutive games, which was enough for the MLB to select him as the AL Player of the Week. Davis looks to continue this impressive and historic streak tonight against the Red Sox.
Yesterday, Chris Davis was awarded the AL player of the week for his impressive performance this last week against the Royals and the Blue Jays. Davis went 8 for 22 over the 7-game span with 5 of those hits being home runs. To go along with the 5 HR’s, Davis had 10 RBI’s and an insane slash line of .364/.467/1.091.
The most remarkable part of Davis’s week was that his 5 home runs came in consecutive games from June 7th – June 12th. His most important home run was on June 9th against the Blue Jays, which was a solo shot in the 7th inning that tied the game. Later Davis ended up driving in the winning run with a sacrifice fly in the 9th.
After the Orioles got the day off yesterday, Davis looks to continue his home run streak against David Price and the Red Sox tonight. Throughout his career, Davis has faced Price 23 times and has never hit a home run, which is not a surprise due to Price’s dominance against lefty batters. This year left-handed batters are hitting a measly .215 against Price with only 2 home runs, so the best chance for Davis to continue his streak would most likely come later in the game against the bullpen. Some good news is when the Orioles were last in Fenway in early April, Davis hit 2 home runs in the 3-game series.
If this streak sounds familiar for Davis, then you have a good memory, because from September 26th to October 2nd in 2012, Davis homered in six straight games. This is an incredible feat, because only 20 players have hit a home run in six consecutive games and if Davis can hit one tonight he will join Barry Bonds as the only players to complete this feat twice. The record for most consecutive games with a home run is eight, which has only been done by 3 players (Ken Griffey Jr., Don Mattingly and Dale Long) and Davis will need a home run in each game of this upcoming Red Sox series to tie the record.
This series between Baltimore and Boston should be phenomenal as both teams are tied for the lead in the AL East and will feature both teams top 3 starters. It would only make the series better if Chris Davis can continue his historic streak and add his name to the record books for the second time.