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Wednesday, April 01, 2020

O’s slugger Davis expects return to spring form after return

BALTIMORE (AP) — Following three straight frustrating seasons that led him to consider retirement, Chris Davis was in the midst of an outstanding spring training when Major League Baseball came to a halt because of the deadly coronavirus.

Now, as the slugger strives to find ways to keep his three daughters amused while confined to his house, Davis remains confident that he’s poised to return to the form he displayed before signing a much-publicized and subsequently criticized seven-year, $161 million contract with the Baltimore Orioles.

Davis got that deal after winning his second home run title in 2015. He hasn’t been the same since then.

Davis has seen his long ball production dwindle in each of the last three years, down to a paltry 12 in 2019. He finished with batting averages of .215, .168 and .179 over that span while totaling a whopping 526 strikeouts. He closed the 2018 season without a hit in his last 21 at-bats and extended the streak to a record-setting 0 for 54 before finally breaking through last April.

At a time like this, I can’t blame him for wanting to hold onto this sentiment…..

 

QLE Posted: April 01, 2020 at 01:41 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: chris davis, hope springs eternal, spring training

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Spring Training Stats Only Almost Mean Nothing

All winter long we wait for spring to arrive so that baseball may begin again. And then once it starts and our precious stat columns begin being filled in Florida and Arizona, we spend most of the preseason assuring each other that none of it matters: The success is a mirage, achieved against a lower caliber of pitching, and the struggles are the result of experimentation and readjustments.

No need to panic. No need to celebrate. Let’s all just sit here in the sun and be happy that baseball has returned, while making sure to maintain an appropriate emotional response to afternoons full of practice games. Stat farming, percentage calculating, theory formulating, tantrum throwing, sadness having; that’s all for the regular season, as the nightly pace of baseball wears us down to the nub.

Here in spring training, we’re safe from such things. Unless! We cross that arbitrary threshold that we’ll say is right about now. Context is important in the preseason, if nothing else is, and in the case of two veterans, their spring performance has made the regular season in front of them a little more interesting.

Let’s just say it: Chris Davis looks amazing. And to echo what’s probably being said in his own head, who even cares why? Davis has to muscle his way out of a deep, deep hole into which the Orioles threw a base salary of $23 million last season as part of his seven-year, $161 million deal that will see him make over $1 million a year through 2037.

In certain regards, the same points could be made about minor league statistics, at least in the sense that their meaning is far different than it is at the MLB level.

 

QLE Posted: March 12, 2020 at 01:57 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: chris davis, didi gregorius, spring training, statistics

Sunday, March 01, 2020

Chris Davis turns back the clock, hits another home run in spring training game

Yes its just Spring Training, but Chris Davis is on fire.

The Orioles defeated the Marlins Saturday 12-6, largely in part to this three-run shot over right center field by “Crush:”

This has become a constant theme in Sarasota, as Davis is now 5-for-6 with 3 HR and 4 BB this spring. Of his 11 plate appearances he’s reached base nine times and tallied two singles as well.

How long this lasts in the regular season, on the other hand….

 

QLE Posted: March 01, 2020 at 01:09 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: chris davis, home runs, spring training

 

 

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