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Each night the legend of Chris Davis grows more and more.
It really is hard to quantify just how amazing Davis' season has been so far and assuming he maintains the same level of production, he could be producing one of the most impressive seasons in major league history.
Let's start with the home runs.
Through 87 games, Davis has swatted a major league-high 33 homers. That's the same number that he hit in 200-more at-bats last season and five fewer than he hit in his first two big league seasons combined.
With his next home run, Davis will crack the top-20 for most home runs by an Oriole in a single-season, and we're not even at the All-Star break yet. Considering he's sending one out of the ballpark every 9.7 at-bats, he should eclipse the team-record of 50, set by Brady Anderson back in 1996, by the middle of August.
That 9.7 AB/HR is the 17th-highest mark in major league history, by the way, just a hair off the pace of Roger Maris in 1961 and slightly ahead of Sammy Sosa's 1998 campaign. The only players with fewer at-bats per home run are Maris, Hank Greenberg, Mickey Mantle, Jim Thome, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Babe Ruth and Barry Bonds. Pretty good company.
Speaking of Maris, Davis is currently on pace for 60 home runs, which would place him one shy of tying Maris' American League record. Even if he just hits 60, that would be good enough for the eighth-highest single-season total in major league history.
He could also be the first player in major league history to hit 50 home runs and 50 doubles in the same season. The only player to have as many as 50 homers and 40 doubles is Babe Ruth.
Okay, enough with the home runs. Let's move on to some other achievements that Davis is attacking at a historic pace; like total bases.
With a major league-best 227 total bases through 87 games, Davis is on pace for 420. The major league record is 457, set by Babe Ruth in 1921. Just to put Davis' production in this department in perspective, the only two players to crack the all-time top-10 since 1948 are Sammy Sosa and Luis Gonzalez. If Davis could get to 420, that would tie him with Chuck Klein for ninth all-time. Other names in the top-ten include Rogers Hornsby, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Stan Musial and Hack Wilson.
Moving on to extra base hits, of which Davis has 59. The big league record there is 119, also by "The Babe" in 1921. Davis is currently on a pace that would bring him to 109, which would place him third all-time; two ahead of Barry Bonds' record-setting HR campaign of 2001.
Davis could also become only the second player in history to reach 100 base-out runs added, already reaching the half-way point with 50.51 and just the third to reach 10.0 in win probability added. He's at 5.1 in that category.
And last, but not least, we turn to slugging percentage and OPS. Davis' slugging is currently at .717, a number that leads the majors by quite a large margin. He already checks in at 26th place all-time, and with a strong second half, he could find his way into the top-20.
His OPS of 1.113 is also the highest in baseball, and currently ranks him 68th all-time. Not bad for a guy who is on pace for close to 200 strikeouts.
And just for fun, let's compare Davis' projected season stats with some of the top offensive campaigns of all-time.
| ||AVG ||OBP ||SLG ||2B ||HR ||RBI ||R ||WAR
|Davis, 2013 ||.325 ||.401 ||.717 ||49 ||60 ||156 ||117 ||8.1
|Ruth, 1921 ||.378 ||.512 ||.846 ||44 ||59 ||171 ||177 ||12.9
|Bonds, 2001 ||.328 ||.515 ||.863 ||32 ||73 ||137 ||129 ||11.9
|Maris, 1961 ||.269 ||.372 ||.620 ||16 ||61 ||141 ||132 ||6.9
|McGwire, 1998 ||.299 ||.470 ||.752 ||21 ||70 ||147 ||130 ||7.5
|Rodriguez, 2007 ||.314 ||.422 ||.645 ||31 ||54 ||156 ||143 ||9.4