BALTIMORE -- Chris Davis had the first of two scheduled days off June 12. The Boston Red Sox were scheduled to start two left-handers, and Orioles manager Buck Showalter thought it was the right time to give his slump-ridden first baseman another rest.
"Trying a lot of things," Showalter said about the measures he's taken to shake Davis, who's in the midst of a historically bad season.
Davis' last four weeks have been particularly brutal. He's batting.111 (8-for-72) with 35 strikeouts.
Overall, he's hitting .150; he hasn't recorded an RBI since May 27 or a home run since May 9. His last multi-hit game came May 11.
Davis watched as the Orioles fell, 6-4, to the Red Sox June 12. It was their sixth straight loss.
So far this season, Davis has sat for consecutive games twice, and Showalter struggles when asked to define what would constitute an improvement. Would it have to be statistical? Would has batting average reaching .200 suffice?
"Just a better return," Showalter said. "… Not purely statistically -- more productive. Chris is a very productive, run-producing guy who's a good defender. That's what you'd like to see, in the middle of the lineup producing runs again."
As Showalter has pointed out, it's not just Davis who hasn't hit. Two of the Orioles' strongest hitters -- second baseman Jonathan Schoop and Trey Mancini, who started at first in place of Davis -- continued their disappointing seasons.
Trailing 6-2 in the seventh inning, the Orioles managed to load the bases with one out, but Mancini struck out and Schoop tapped weakly to the mound.
Mancini is now batting .229 and Schoop, who was the team's lone representative to the All-Star Game and voted the Most Valuable Oriole last season, is hitting .214.
"I'm not making any excuses, just got to find a way to get it done," Schoop said. "I don't know how we're going to do it, but I've got to keep working hard and keep making adjustments. Hopefully it clicks for me."
Last year, Mancini and Schoop were strong hitters with runners in scoring position, but that hasn't been the case this season.
"Last year has passed already," Schoop said. "This year, we've got to figure out something. We've got to figure out some [way] for us to do the things we did last year. I know I can do it. I know for sure Trey can do it, too. We've got to just keep working hard, and hopefully it clicks."
Showalter is continually asked not only about Davis, but about the rest of his lagging lineup -- especially Schoop and Mancini.
"If we knew how it happened, we'd solve it," Showalter said. "We know what they're capable of, and a lot of guys go through it … but they need some success. I don't care how strong you are mentally or emotionally, this game will wear on you when you have that amount of struggles with something you've been so good at.
"I know with Trey there's a lot of emotion and just, I don't want to say 'fatigue,' but it just beats on you every day. I know what they're going through. … There's only one way to get out of it, you've got to keep going out there and you've got to fight your way through it. There will be something down the road in what will be long careers for both of them that they'll look back on and grow from."
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