It is no secret that most teams and players prefer to play at home and perform better in their own stadium, but sometimes certain players make it well known on how much better their numbers are. Chris Davis was that version for the Baltimore Orioles in 2013 as Camden Yards was very kind to him this season.
As a team, Baltimore went 46-35 at home, while posting a 39-42 record on the road and the team as a whole performed better offensively at the Yard than they did away from it. In fact they scored more runs, hit more home runs, hit for a higher average and struck out far less at home than they did on the road, but that shouldn't be a big surprise as the hitters are more used to the batter's eye and let's face it, they play 81 games there a year every year.
No one showed the discrepancy between home and away more than the Most Valuable Oriole Chris Davis.
Davis loves the yard, and he showed that in 2013. Crush had a phenomenal year in every aspect of the word. The guy led the American League in home runs and RBI, while leading all of baseball in extra base hits, but at home he was leaps and bounds better than he was on the road, which was still pretty darn good.
At the Yard, Davis hit .307 with 28 home runs, 66 RBI, 86 hits, 91 strikeouts, a .390 OBP and 1.057 OPS in 326 plate appearances. Simply looking at those numbers, there are a large amount of players in the league that would love to have that kind of season, nonetheless just at home.
On the flip side, and again these numbers are still good, do not get us wrong, but multiple areas saw significant drops. Davis hit .266 with 25 home runs, 72 RBI, 81 hits, 108 strikeouts, a .352 OBP and .954 OPS in 347 plate appearances. Again, a lot of guys would love to have those numbers for a season, but look at some of the discrepancies.
In 19 fewer plate appearances, Davis hit three more home runs, five more hits, struck out 17 fewer times and his on base percentage was 38 points higher, while his OPS (On base percentage plus slugging percentage) was over 100 points higher, while his batting average was 41 points higher. Needless to say, Davis loves hitting at Camden Yards.
Incase you were wondering, the next closest to Davis in regards to home vs away batting average among the regulars was Nick Markakis with a 37 point difference.
Crush's 2013 was one for the books and may go down as the greatest offensive season in Orioles franchise history, but his production at home alone should be enough to want you to see him play in person.
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