This past weekend, Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis belted his league-leading 48th home run in a 3-1 series win over the Chicago White Sox. Davis is now two home runs shy of tying the Orioles single-season home run record set by Brady Anderson in 1998.
Davis has certainly cooled off since the All-Star break, hitting only 11 homers in the past two months. But, if he can get hot in the last three weeks of the season, Davis has a shot to break Roger Maris' AL record of 61 home runs.
Davis isn't just going for the HR record, he is also out to prevent Miguel Cabrera from doing the unthinkable, two consecutive Triple Crowns. Cabrera leads the AL in batting average at .353 and RBIs with 133, but is second in HR's behind Davis with 43 (as of Sept. 9). Cabrera has been battling injuries recently but is more than capable of hitting five HR's in a seven game stretch.
Davis has said that he hopes Cabrera can win the triple crown and that he is rooting for him. That doesn't mean that Davis is going to stop trying to hit home runs, but he feels that Cabrera is the best hitter in the world and if any one deserves back-to-back Triple Crowns, its Miggy.
What makes Davis' HR quest so important is the fact that Davis is PED-free. Davis has been doing everything right when it comes to PED questions. What Davis is doing is great for baseball—if he is able to hit 10 home runs in the next 20 games, the Orioles will not only make the playoffs, but the final games of the season will be must-see TV.
The Orioles will be relying heavily on Davis over the next three weeks, in pursuit of the final wild-card slot. He not only has been productive hitting the long ball, he also has added 39 doubles for second on the team. He has been the Orioles' best player this year and when it's all said and done, Davis' 2013 season could be the best in Orioles' history.