Over the last year and a half of his MLB career, Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis has improved by leaps and bounds to a point of insanity. While having been playing in the Majors since 2008, last season was only Davis' 2nd season of playing in more than 80 games and having more than 300 at-bats.

In 2012, he posted a somewhat respectable .270 batting average, smashing his previous career-high numbers in at-bats, total hits, homers, RBI and runs scored. So entering this season, I was personally expecting Davis to continue showing signs of improvement, but not even the greatest of optimists could have expected what the 27-year-old Texas native has done before the All-Star Break.

Chris Davis had a bit of a slump recently, but hit at least 1 HR in each of his last four games before the break, giving him an MLB-leading total of 37 on the season. He is batting .315 (7th in AL), a .392 on-base percentage (6th in AL), an AL-best .717 slugging percentage, 70 runs scored and 93 RBI (both are 2nd in AL to Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers).

Davis is on pace to finish right around what many still consider to be the "true" single-season HR record, which is 61 by Yankees outfielder Roger Maris in 1961. So if Davis finishes with 62 or more at the end of the season, would you consider him the true HR King? Vote in our poll below and feel free to leave comments defending your selection!

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