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Who gets your MVP votes?
The narratives surrounding the MLB MVP races this year are compelling. In the AL, the past and future collide as Miguel Cabrera once again takes on Mike Trout for the title, while in the NL, Andrew McCutchen tries to become the first Pirates MVP since Barry Bonds in 1992. Our experts gave their choices the American League and National League MVP awards. Do you agree? Cast your votes now!
Chris Davis' power outage?
Chris Davis looked like he was on pace to challenge Roger Maris' old home run record, but that was before he participated in the Home Run Derby. Davis has gone 31 plate appearances without a home run, and since June 1 has only put up a .320 OBP. He was a major reason why the Orioles were in the hunt in the first half, but a Davis without power isn't going to help Baltimore hold on to a playoff spot. Meanwhile, teammate Manny Machado (.271/.293/.397 with 41 strikeouts since June 1) isn't picking up Davis' slack.
2013 Home Run Derby
Baseballs will fly at the Home Run Derby on Monday night (8 p.m. ET, ESPN), as eight of the game's best sluggers will try to deposit the most batting practice pitches over the outfield wall at Citi Field in New York. Is the Home Run Derby the best skills competition in the universe of All-Star sporting events? Will Orioles first baseman Chris Davis, with 37 homers to his credit in the first half, walk away with the trophy? Vote below!
We keep waiting for Chris Davis to slow down -- even a little bit!-- but it's just not happening. The Orioles slugger hit his 37th home run of the season over the weekend, giving him a slugging percentage of over .700 and putting him within range of a pretty significant milestone. He'd have to double his total to break Barry Bonds' record of 73, but he's well within range of Roger Maris' mark of 61 -- a record many believe remains legitimate, considering Bonds' alleged connection with performance-enhancing drugs. Davis has had a clean reputation so far, making his chase potentially quite compelling.
This season is Chris Davis' best by far, but his home run power was never in question -- it was whether or not he'd ever be able to put the rest of his hitting skills together.