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.
In a mailbag published on Thursday, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post says he has spoken with Arenado and his agent from the Wasserman Media Group. Based on that, he says the Rockies have not broached the subject of a contract extension with the All-Star third baseman.
Arenado will enter his second of four years of arbitration eligibility after earning $5 million for the 2016 season. He’s due to a hefty pay raise and will continue on that track into free agency after the 2019 season. It may behoove the Rockies to get extension talks started sooner rather than later. Saunders, however, thinks that Arenado wants to see if the Rockies become contenders in the next two seasons before signing the dotted line.
Arenado, 25, enters Thursday’s action batting .293/.361/.567 with 40 home runs, 130 RBI, and 112 runs scored in 678 plate appearances. His 40 homers is best in the National League and the 130 RBI are best in the majors. He has an argument for winning the National League Most Valauble Player Award.
Agent Scott Boras eulogized client Jose Fernandez at his funeral on Thursday. Boras couldn’t even get through the first sentence without breaking down in tears. It was difficult to watch without wanting to sob myself, but it was a touching eulogy that spoke for a lot of people who were fond of Fernandez.