BOSTON – There really was no other choice. Chris Davis is the American League’s Player of the Week.
In his first six games, Davis hit .455, hit four home runs and had 17 RBIs. Davis had a home run in his first four games, the only Oriole to do so, and 16 RBIs, the first player in major league history to do that.
It's his second consecutive award. He shared last season's final award with Detroit's Justin Verlander.
“He’s been in a good grove. He’s played well at first base for the most part,” manager Buck Showalter said.
Davis had a .500 on-base percentage and a 1.136 slugging percentage.
“I don’t think there’s anybody in this ballpark that has a better minor league resume than he does. Sometimes it takes an opportunity more than experience to get it going. He’s not like he hit eight home runs last year. I don’t think it surprises anybody. I think that he’s capable of it,” Showalter said.
“Chris just kind of understands who he is and what he has to do. He has some periods where he’ll get away from it. Hopefully his valleys won’t be as long and he can stay in that peak period. That’s what he’s trying to do. He’s very mature about where he is offensively.”