Chris Davis proved he owns a good sense of humor when he asked for the ball after ending an 0-for-54 slump with a sharp single to right-center against the Boston Red Sox Saturday.
The slump, dating to last season, was the longest in major league history.
Red Sox gave Davis a nice ovation, and Oriole teammates seemed to be hooting and hollering after Davis connected off Rick Porcello. It was his first hit since Sept. 14 of last season. He was 0-for-33 before the single.
Yes, I do want that ⚾️, thanks! pic.twitter.com/VxR1bo1jPz— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) April 13, 2019
One single doesn’t solve the Orioles’ Davis problem. His production has been on a sharp decline since the end of the 2016 season. He struck out 219 times that season. Davis hit only .168 last season.
What makes those statistics aggravating is that they Orioles still owe him more than $90 million through 2022.
Early on fans were booing Davis. But he has struggling so badly that he has become a sympathetic character to some of them.
Unless he suddenly starts hitting, the Orioles may have to eat the money and send him down to the minors to rebuild his confidence and his swing.