Originally written on 643ball  |  Last updated 10/26/14
As I sit and watch Chris Davis of the Baltimore Orioles put up huge offensive numbers for the first half of the year, I find myself being just a little skeptical. Baseball's "steroid era" was not that long ago and it's not unreasonable for me to feel this way. Our first inclination when we see a player doing well is to draw comparisons. Well, Chris Davis doesn't remind me of Mark McGwire or Sammy Sosa, but I do think of another Oriole with an unexpected power surge, Brady Anderson. In 1996, as a member of the Baltimore Orioles, Brady Anderson hit a whopping 50 Hrs. This may not sound like a big number for the "steroid era", but it was. Mark McGwire hit only 52 HRs in 1996 and he was two years away from hitting 70 HRs in 1998, the beginning of the "steroid era". McGwire was expected to hit around 50 bombs every year, Brady Anderson never hit more than 21 in a season prior to 1996. And, oh by the way, he only hit 20+ HRs once after 1996. I'm not going to get into possible PED's being used by Anderson. Jim Palmer had interesting things to say about Anderson in 2004 if you want to read his quote about that stuff. He's a baseball expert, I am not and I have no idea why Anderson would bust out like that for a single season. I'm just saying he had one amazing year from a HR standpoint, similar to Chris Davis this year.So my question is this... Will this HR surge from Davis be another aberration from an Oriole outfielder? Is this what we should come to expect?  Davis did hit 33 dingers last year, so him hitting home runs isn't totally unexpected, but he could double that this year. When it comes to expectations for the 2nd half of this year, I think we will see more of the same from Chris Davis. I don't know about the future. I can't see a player that is hitting almost 70 points above his career batting average maintain that kind of pace for an extended amount of time. If you have Davis this year, sit back and enjoy him. Maybe he will take you to a roto league win, but I wouldn't mortgage the farm to keep him for next year. You never know what will change.Related Posts:Fantasy Stock Watch: Chris DavisRecent Posts:Week 13 Two Start Pitchers2nd Half Fantasy Rebounds: BJ UptonThree Up, Three Down Week 13Heath Garrison@hgarrison643
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