Baltimore Orioles 1st baseman Chris Davis nailed a homerun on Friday night in the 10th inning to lead the Orioles to a 2-1 win over the Seattle Mariners at the Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington.
Davis led off the 10th inning, and stroked a fastball over the plate thrown by Mariners relief pitcher Charlie Furbush over the right field fence for a game-winning homerun.
Davis’ homerun has been one of the rare good things that he’s done this month, as he’s hitting.203 and has had only two games in July where he had 2 hits. His other games have 1 hit or less. It’s got to be a huge disappointment for Davis and the Orioles in how badly he’s playing in 2014.
Last season, Davis hit 53 home runs with 138 RBIs and a batting average of .286. The Orioles did the right thing by taking a wait and see approach to signing Davis to a long-term contract with the team, because Davis had struggled badly with his hitting with the Texas Rangers from 2008-2011, at which point they basically gave up on him.
Davis continued to play poorly with his new team the Orioles in 2011. In 2012, he started to turn his game around in hitting .270 with 33 home runs.
That led to Davis having a huge season in 2013. At point Davis was on pace to hit over 60 home runs in a season. The last player to hit over 60 home runs in a season is Barry Bonds, who hit 73 homers in the 2003 season for the San Francisco Giants. Ever since then the closest a player has gotten to that magical 60 homer total is Ryan Howard in 2006 when he hit 58 home runs.
“For me, this year it’s been a lot harder than I’d like to have been,” Davis said to Yahoo Sports. “So any time I have the opportunity to pick these guys up, I try to do it.”
Davis on pace to hit over 30 homeruns this season with over 100 RBIs, but his batting average is near .200, and that’s totally unsatisfactory for a starting 1st baseman. If Davis doesn’t come out of his hitting slump soon, the Orioles are going to need to think about benching him.