By: Ted Rivera
Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports
Chris Davis was once a man who everyone was afraid to pitch to in 2013 because of his 53 home run year. Now Chris has never had a spectacular batting average , but in 2018 Chris Davis is hitting .163 with only 15 home runs. So what happened?
Let’s start by saying Chris’ career really blossomed in Baltimore. He did have 2 good first 2 seasons in Texas but after playing a combined 132 games in 3 seasons , he landed in Baltimore. His first year in Baltimore Chris only played 31 games but the next year 2012 , was the year flipped the switch. At age 26 he hit for a .270 average with 33 hr’s , 85 rbi and slugged 20 doubles. Which gave the impression of promising power and hitting ability.
The next year he was an all star with a tremendous 53 HR , 42 double , .286 average season. The year to follow in 2014 was not to par , but in 2015 Davis Struck again. Totally 47 HR , and 31 doubles with a .262 average, but since then Chris Davis seems to have disappeared. A player who once had an amazing impact on baseball now has almost none. What if Davis kept his play up. Would Manny Machado still be an Oriole? Would they be contenders for a wild card spot? Some may say that’s a stretch but who really knows , unfortunately no one ever will but Davis’ struggles brings up many questions.
With all that said a once potentially legendary player now is unsure of his future as a starter. But this isn’t the end for Chris Davis , he could rebound next year. For the Orioles this may have been one of the worst investments in MLB history of $161 Million through the 2022 season if Davis doesn’t find it. Once nicknamed Crush , it seems Chris Davis maybe Cursed.