Chris Davis vs Mitch Moreland: Settling The Debate
**ORIGINAL POSTED DATE 8/24/12**
AVG OBP SLG HR RBI K BB fWAR
Chris Davis .251 .300 .436 20 60 131 26 -0.4
Mitch Moreland .289 .340 .516 13 38 45 18 1.0
Okay so the first thing that a Davis fan will point out is the fact that “Crush” has more home runs and RBI than Moreland. They have to keep in mind that Moreland missed almost an entire month with a hamstring injury and has 182 fewer plate appearances. Look at the walks and let that sink in for a second. Davis has almost 200 more plate appearances and only eight more walks. Then if you do the math you’ll find that Moreland averages a home run per every 19.07 plate appearances versus Davis’ 21.5. If Moreland doesn’t miss any time then he may have between five and ten more home runs than Davis, if you account for playing time and days off.
And if you want to debate that Chris Davis has more power, well, I’m sorry.
Longest Home Run (2012) Average HR Distance (2012)
Chris Davis 437 ft. 403 ft.
Mitch Moreland 442 ft. 405.2 ft.
And what about defense at first base?
E Fielding % UZR
Chris Davis 4 .989 -0.4
Mitch Moreland 1 .998 2.5
So there you have it. Moreland is clearly the better player from top to bottom. Stats don’t lie. Now you can stop lying to yourself and enjoy Mitch Moreland for who he is. I’d like to thank fangraphs.com and ESPN’s home run tracker for the data provided.