Chris Davis has hit 37 home runs before the All Star break. The last person to hit at least 37 home runs before the All Star break was Barry Bonds when he set the single season home run mark at 73. That is A LOT of home runs before the break. Davis has played 14 more games than Bonds did before the break, but it’s still A LOT of home runs for 96 games. Now think about this… To go along with those home runs, he has 70 runs, 93 RBI’s and a .315 batting average. That is an MVP season in the first half. So, he has obviously been incredible. The funny thing is he doesn’t have the best offensive numbers of the first half. Miguel Cabrera has 30 home runs, 73 runs, 95 RBI’s, and a .365 batting average. This stat line has never been done before in the first half. He has just been an absolute beast. For the record, Davis is my MVP because he plays better defense than Cabrera, but their offensive production has been out of this world thus far.
With regards to Chris Davis PED speculation, I think we have to see the second half to decide that. If he goes on to hit homers in the high 60’s, I will start to be skeptical. But if Roger Maris hit 61 in 161 games, why can’t Davis hit 62-65 in 162? If Davis passes Maris, he will not be the single-season home run king. You cannot start removing people from the record books because it will become extremely messy. You have no idea what you should remove and what you should keep. Like, do the 2004 Red Sox keep their World Series title even though David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez tested positive for steroids in 2003? I am not saying that they don’t deserve that title; I think they do. I just do not know where you start and stop removing PED users from the record books.
Tim Lincecum throwing a no-hitter is surprising to me, but I was not stunned when I heard the news. He had been a phenomenal pitcher prior to the last two seasons. This year has been interesting though. Big Time Timmy Jim has pitched well this season in most games, but his ERA is bad because he tends to have one poor inning each start. Obviously, Saturday night was different. He had 13 strikeouts and 4 walks, which supplemented his 148 total pitches. 1 pitch less than the most amount of pitches in a no-hitter (Edwin Jackson). Lincecum’s no-hitter was much better than Jackson’s because Jackson had 8 walks and only 6 K’s. Lincecum’s no-hitter could be a sign of things to come for him this season, or it could be a single bright spot in another season of struggles. I think he will regain his confidence after this performance and return to dominance, but we’ll see how he performs after the All Star break.
Outcome: There will be three home runs in the game by Miguel Cabrera, Chris Davis, and Paul Goldschmidt. AL wins the All Star game behind Edwin Encarnacion single that scores Manny Machado from second in the 8th inning. Mariano Rivera gets the save in his final All Star Game.