To say Chris Davis' 2019 season has started off on the wrong foot would be an understatement. Entering play April 9, Davis sports a .000 batting average. He has struck out in 15 out of his 32 plate appearances. He also set the major league record for most consecutive at-bats without a hit by a non-pitcher (Davis is at 49 dating back to last September).
The slugger's fall from grace has been well documented for more than a year. Davis had a miserable 2018 season, during which he slashed just .168/.243/.296 and posted the lowest WAR (-3.1) in baseball, according to Fangraphs.
Despite a terrible 2018 season and promises to rework his swing and approach during the offseason, former Orioles shortstop and current MASN analyst Mike Bordick has yet to see any identifiable changes in Davis at the plate.
"Offensively, it's the same Chris Davis that we've seen the last two years," Bordick said on
Glenn Clark Radio
April 4. "Not a lot of adjustments being made, chasing out of the strike zone, just really not picking up the ball -- and it's frustrating just because you would like to see some sort of change, some sort of effort, something noticeable when he steps in the box and you say, 'Ah, he's trying to do this. He's trying to stick with that.'"
If anything, Davis' struggles have intensified even further so far in 2019. While it's still early in the season, Davis' strikeout rate has risen from 36.8 percent in 2018 to 46.9 percent this year. Davis has started on the bench in two games already this season, a trend that may increase if Davis' hitting production doesn't.
"They've already sent a message," Bordick said.
Time may be running out for Davis to make an adjustment, however. While Davis is under contract until the end of the 2022 season, the team may soon have to consider other options at first base.
"I think, if nothing else, it's a reminder to every player on this team that this game is not easy," Bordick said. "It is not easy, and it will take you over if you don't continually and consistently work on your craft. ... If you don't try to make yourself better every day, you will get worse. Period. It's just the way things go."
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