DH CHRIS DAVIS
While center fielder Adam Jones is the one, true “ready for prime-time” player on the Orioles roster, Davis has been on fire of late, and he was productive throughout 2012 as Baltimore shared the Cinderella spotlight with Oakland.
In 139 games, the left-handed hitting DH drilled 33 homers, knocked in 85 runs and scored 75 while batting a respectable .270 in 515 at-bats. But he went off down the stretch as the O’s made a valiant push to overtake the Yankees in the AL East.
Only Robinson Cano’s Herculean efforts saved the Bronx Bombers from having to face Texas in Friday’s play-in game instead of Baltimore. Over the last week, Davis belted seven homers, knocked in 13 runs, scored nine and batted .360. But it wasn’t enough as the Yanks held on.
Still, largely due to his offensive fireworks, the O’s sealed their first postseason berth since 1996. He and Jones (.287 batting average, 32 homers, 82 RBIs, 103 runs scored) gives Baltimore a wonderful 1-2 punch in its lineup, which is something that will be required for them right out of the chute, considering the arsenal Texas brings to the table.
The 6-3, 232-pounder has struggled against the Rangers this season, registering just two hits in 17 at-bats. Jones (5-for-25, 1 homer, 2 RBIs, 2 runs scored) hasn’t fared much better. Both will need to step up immediately for the O’s to have any hopes of advancing. With the way he’s been going of late, you figure Davis would be the guy to do the most damage.