Players have had hot starts before, but Chris Davis of the Orioles is the first player, to drive in 16 runs in the first four games of the season. Davis currently leads the majors in these seven categories:
HOME RUNS – 4
RBI – 4
BATTING AVERAGE – .600
SLUGGING PERCENTAGE – 1.600
ON BASE PLUS SLUGGING – 2.211
EXTRA BASE HITS – 7
TOTAL BASES – 24
These are computer game numbers, but ESPN projects Davis to finish with 162 home runs and 648 at the end of the season. Davis would happily settle for 100 home runs and 200 RBI.
Davis who struck out 169 times in 2012 has struck out only once after his first four games. He had only hit 5 home runs and drove in 19 runs in 2011 in stints with Texas and Baltimore and that was in a 199 at bats season. This season Davis has only one less home run and 3 less RBI in 184 fewer at bats. Going even further back to 2010, Davis hit one home run and drove in 4 runs in 120 at bats for Texas.
Last year was the breakthrough season for Davis when he slugged 33 home runs and drove in 85 runs. He was a big part of the resurgence of the Orioles, who made the 2012 postseason.
It is good to know that Chris Davis is a Christian man, which has helped him overcome some adversity, to become one of the premier sluggers in the game of baseball.
MLB ATTENDANCE NUMBERS
It is extremely early in the 2013 season, with only 21 teams having played a home game, but it is still interesting to look at the early numbers.
Colorado Rockies lead in average attendance with 49,077 fans per game. Oakland Athletics are at the bottom with only 19,670 fans average.
One troubling stat is that only Dodgers, Tigers, Giants, Blue Jays and Reds have had an increase in attendance in 2013. The other 16 teams have had declining attendance. Dodgers have gained 46,424 fans so far this season, while the Athletics have lost 60,619 fans after four games. Dodgers have averaged 11,606 more fans per game to lead MLB, while Athletics are averaging 15,155 less fans per game.
The complete attendance report as found at baseball-reference. com: