SEATTLE -- Orioles first baseman Chris Davis has only been hitting seventh in the batting order for five games, but so far the results are positive.
Davis was in a 2-for-25 (.080) slump before being given the day off Aug. 10. A night later, he was back in the lineup and batting seventh for the first time in nearly three years.
After going hitless Aug. 15 during the Orioles' 3-1 loss to the Seattle Mariners, Davis is 6-for-19 (.316) with five RBIs since the move was made.
"There has been an increase in the hitting, which is good because I needed a little bit of positive feedback after the last few months," Davis said before the game. "I don't know if it had anything to do with the day off. Maybe it did, maybe it didn't, but I'll take it any way I can get it right now."
While Orioles manager Buck Showalter insists his hitters don't generally care about where they hit in the lineup, Davis admitted he does.
"I'm not particularly a guy who enjoys batting at the bottom part of the order, but I also understand when I'm not swinging the bat well, that's probably one of the things that's going to be most beneficial for the team," Davis said. "So, I'll put my ego aside and be a dangerous seven-hole hitter, or at least try to be."
Designated hitter Mark Trumbo, who was slumping concurrently with Davis, was dropped to sixth the day Davis was benched.
When Trumbo discussed the move with Showalter, he told the manager: "Guys there are outperforming me, so where is the debate?"
Since the move, Trumbo is 7-for-23 (.304).
"One of the challenges is trying to figure out who's going to hit ninth every night because they all have the ability to hit in different spots in the order, because as long as we keep our ego out of it, we can present some real challenges in the batting order," Showalter said.
It seems Davis is trying to go more to the opposite field, but he disagreed.
"I think it's more of just trying not to do too much," he said. "I feel like a lot of times when you're scuffling or whenever you're trying to fight to get a feel, you tend to do too much. As far as I'm concerned, I've always been a guy that has been told to slow down as opposed to 'give him a kick in the rear end to get him going.' It's hard at times to go out there and try not to do too much. Sometimes, you have to kind of take a step back and just relax and let it come to you."
Showalter said he did not talk with Davis before moving him down in the order.
"It's not something that I necessarily look forward to, hitting in the bottom of the order," Davis said, "but I understand when other guys are swinging the bat well that he wants to get them towards the top, and right now, it's working. I'm not going to say anything. I'm still holding out hope that one day my name will be up there in the leadoff spot."