During the first half of the 2013 MLB season, Baltimore Orioles star Chris Davis was on a historic streak. He picked up 37 home runs before the All-Star Break, but has done very little since. Is this just a slump for the young first baseman, or was it all just a show that has wrapped up its final act?
Davis tore through American League pitching in the first half, blasting home run after home run and providing a huge offensive spark to Baltimore’s lineup. But things have taken a big turn for Davis. After Sunday’s matchup with Boston, Davis has now struck out in 21 games, and has not hit a home run since the second half of the season started on July 19. But Davis is confident he will break out of things soon.
You know, you go through slumps during the season. I was very fortunate to have very few in the first half. If I didn’t feel good, it was for a couple of days and then I get a hit or walk or something to get me going.
I’m obviously not seeing a lot to hit. At the same time, I’m not really helping myself out much either. I think in the Texas series, the Kansas City series, and obviously this series as well, I’ve swung at a lot of pitches outside the strike zone. That’s one of the things. When you don’t feel great at the plate, you want to try to go out there and create something a lot of times when you’re not getting something to hit. It works against you. I’ll deal with it. I’ll move on. Hopefully, I’ll try and get something started tomorrow.
I think it’s a little bit of overswinging a little bit. We’re obviously getting a little bit into the deeper part of the season. Guys are starting to feel the effects of the games we’ve played. Mentally, when you’re a little fatigued and you’re going up there and you’re trying to hit 94-95, you tend to try to gear up a little bit.
While his performance has visibly dropped off as of late, the rest of the Orioles’ lineup has stepped up when needed. Adam Jones belted two home runs in Friday night’s win over Boston, Nick Markakis is hitting .360 during a six-game hitting streak, and Matt Weiters just ended a seven-game streak of his own where his average was well above .400 in that time.
Obviously, there’s still plenty of time left in the season, but Davis wants to get back on track and help his team out sooner rather than later. After Sunday’s loss to Boston, the Orioles have fallen five games out of the AL East lead, with Tampa Bay the only team standing in their way. Those two teams will get things going on Monday at Fenway, while Boston gets a day off before they host the Houston Astros on Tuesday.
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