Chris Davis went deep again last night, giving him 31 homers through the Orioles’ first 83 games. Not only does that put Davis on pace for 61 homers this season, he has the most homers through 83 team games since 2001, when Barry Bonds had 39 and Luis Gonzalez had 35.
Here’s the all-time leaderboard from Baseball-Reference.com:
Barry Bonds 2001 39
Mark McGwire 1998 37
Babe Ruth 1921 35
Luis Gonzalez 2001 35
Jimmie Foxx 1932 34
Babe Ruth 1928 34
Reggie Jackson 1969 34
Roger Maris 1961 33
Ken Griffey Jr. 1998 33
Sammy Sosa 1998 33
Sammy Sosa 1999 32
Ken Griffey Jr. 1994 32
Babe Ruth 1930 32
CHRIS DAVIS 2013 31
Davis also finished last season on a power binge and in his last 89 games he’s hit .335 with 38 homers, 93 RBIs, and a .765 slugging percentage.
Jared Diamond of The Wall Street Journal reports that Mets second baseman Neil Walker is expected to undergo season-ending surgery to fix a herniated disk in his lower back. Walker has avoided the disabled list but hasn’t played since last Saturday and has only two starts since August 22.
If Walker does indeed go under the knife, he’ll end his first season with the Mets with a terrific .282/.347/.476 triple-slash line with 23 home runs and 55 RBI in 458 plate appearances. While the Mets couldn’t have foreseen Daniel Murphy having such a terrific season, Walker was more than adequate in Murphy’s shoes at second base.
Kelly Johnson and Wilmer Flores have handled second base in Walker’s absence and will continue to do so through the remainder of the season.
Rockies 1B/OF Stephen Cardullo celebrated his 29th birthday on Wednesday, so the rookie decided to celebrate by homering in both games of his team’s doubleheader at home against the Dodgers.
In the first game, Cardullo pinch-hit for Chris Rusin in the seventh inning and drilled a solo home run off of Casey Fien. In the second game, Cardullo smacked a grand slam to left-center field off of Bud Norris in the first inning.
Cardullo made his major league debut this past Friday. He was hitless in his first five at-bats before singling as a pinch-hitter on Monday.