Yesterday I was watching my Blue Jays as they were taking on the Baltimore Orioles at the Rogers Centre.
What immediately stood out was Chris Davis, who was batting 7th in the order.
Shouldn’t a guy is size and stature, with all that power, be in the 4/5 spot, especially on an already thin Orioles lineup?
Well, if there’s such thing as a healthy scratch in baseball, the Orioles may as well use it on this guy every time.
In 18 plate appearances so far this season, Davis has yet to record a hit, and has struck out eight times.
It’s been the story of his career for the last three seasons.
But it didn’t start out this way.
In 2013, Davis hit a whopping 58 home runs, with 138 RBI’s, leading the league in both categories. He finished 3rd in AL MVP voting.
From there on out, the nickname “Crush” Davis was born. He was effortlessly barreling every ball with an OPS+ of 168:
In 2014, Davis disappointed greatly with a batting average of .196, and an OPS+ of 96, four points below the league average.
But he seemingly returned to form in 2015, leading the MLB in home runs yet again with 47, finishing the season with a OPS+ of 147.
In 2016, Davis signed a 7-year, $161 million deal to stay in Baltimore. To this day, it remains the biggest contract in Orioles history.
And from there on out, everything has gone downhill.
In 2016, Davis led the league in strikeouts with 219, averaging more than one a game.
From 2017-2019, Davis is averaging a slash line of .188/.275/.353. Last year, Davis finished the year with an OPS+ of 50.
I guess instead of “Crush”, he is now known as “Crash” Davis. How the mighty have fallen.
Davis is signed through 2022. Don’t expect Baltimore to come close to touching the playoffs until his contract is off the books.