It was no surprise when Chris Davis was named American League Player of the Month on Thursday.
Davis, who was named Player of the Week for his first week’s exploits, batted .348 with eight doubles, nine homers 28 RBIs, 19 runs and 16 walks.
It’s his first Player of the Month and first for the Orioles since Melvin Mora snagged one in Aug. 2008. Coincidentally, the month before Mora’s Player of the Month, Davis was named A.L. Rookie of the Month while playing with Texas.
Davis also finished first in slugging percentage and total bases. He set a major league record with 16 RBIs in his first four games and batted .600 with four home runs.
By hitting home runs in his first four games, Davis joined Willie Mays (1971), Mark McGwire (1998) and Nelson Cruz (2011).
Along with Detroit’s Justin Verlander, Davis also was named Player of the Week in 2012’s final balloting. He became the first Oriole to win consecutive Player of the Week awards since Eddie Murray in 1981.
Davis beat out the Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera and Cleveland catcher Carlos Santana for the award. He’ll receive a trophy in recognition.