Jeez…I haven’t seen a Davis go this silent since Lillian Hall-Davis!
What’s wrong with Chris Davis?
The Orioles first baseman goes into Sunday’s game hitting just .201, floating just above the dubious Mendoza Line.
In Saturday’s doubleheader, Davis was 0-for-8 with six strikeouts and one walk, including one span over the two games in which he struck out in six consecutive plate appearances.
Over his past 10 games, dating back to the Orioles’ doubleheader against Tampa Bay on June 27 Davis is just 2-for-34 with 15 strikeouts. Both of his hits in that span are singles.
Davis’ slump goes back further. His average has dropped 67 points over his last 40 games. Since May 22, Davis is 22-for-147 (a .149 average) with 61 strikeouts.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter has been persistent in keeping Davis in the starting lineup. He’s gone out of his way to compliment Davis’ work ethic and his defense, but it will be interesting to see if he gives Davis a day off on Sunday in an afternoon game following a doubleheader.
This is an unprecedented slump for Davis as an Oriole. When Davis was traded to Baltimore from the Rangers at the trade deadline in 2011, he arrived with a .237 batting average, but he raised it to .266 by the end of the year. In 2012, he average never got before .250 and he hovered around .300 the entire season.
Davis has tried to take early work, but it’s obviously not working. Showalter wants to let Davis work through his struggles, but we’ll see how long the Orioles can hang in there.
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