More of the Same for Chris Davis – View from the Press Box

BALTIMORE, MD (ANN) — In the movie Groundhog Day Bill Murray plays a character that is caught in a time loop. In real life Chris Davis is caught in the same loop. Davis, game after game, steps to the plate and goes hitless.

The last time Davis got a hit? Sept. 14, 2018, in a game that meant nothing against the Chicago White Sox.

Davis, 33, is in the midst of an 0-for-38 streak with 29 strikeouts. Besides his .000 average over the last 11 games, Davis has only put the ball into play in  nine times over that span, which is less than once per game. Thanks to that 0-for-38 streak, Davis is approaching the longest hitless streak in MLB history ever for a non-pitcher. That streak, 0-for-46, was set by Eugenio Vélez from Sept. 14, 2010, until Sept. 28, 2011.

Last year his batting average of .161 was the worst for any qualified hitter in Major League Baseball history since the league adopted the current 162-game. The Orioles were hoping that a new manager and hitting coach would help Davis.

Unfortunately Davis is still stuck in a time loop.

At the home opener he was booed as he made his way down the orange carpet for the player intros. Booed again after striking out the first time, booed louder, striking out the second time at bat and then booed even louder striking out the third time..

How bad are things for Chris Davis right about now? He was pinch hit for in Thursday’s game for Hanser Alberto. To make matters worse the move prompted the crowd to erupt into a huge ovation.

Hanser Alberto? Isn’t this the guy who was designated for assignment four times during the offseason? Yes the same.

After the game manager Brandon Hyde said “Im seeing a guy who’s giving a great effort … It’s just not happening right now. I know we wanted to get him off to a good start. It’s not the start, I’m sure, that he wanted to get off to. But I’m going to continue to play him, and I’m going to continue to support him and find the right matchups for him to get him off the schneid here a little bit early. But he’s battling and he’s being a great teammate and not taking his offense to his defense.”

As for the fan reaction? Hyde doesn’t seem to care

“I haven’t been around here, so I wasn’t aware of fan reaction,” Hyde said. “I’m not really concerned about it. I’m going to support my guys on the club, and it is what it is, but I’m going to continue to stay positive with him, and continue to support him [along with] our whole coaching staff. We’re there for them, and we’re working as hard as we can to try to get him off to the best start he can.

One can only hope that like the movie Groundhog Day, Chris Davis gets a Hollywood ending.


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