Orioles thoughts and observations: Chris Davis' strikeouts, Miguel Gonzalez vs. Yankees and more

New York — First baseman Chris Davis struck out four times in the Orioles' 4-3 loss to the New York Yankees on Thursday night, giving him 44 strikeouts in 25 games this season.

At his current rate, Davis is on pace to strike out 285 times over a 162-game season. The single-season record for strikeouts is held by former Orioles infielder Mark Reynolds, who struck out 223 times in 2009.


Over his past seven games, Davis has 17 strikeouts in 25 at-bats. He has struck out multiple times in six of his past seven games.

We all know Davis is especially strikeout-prone. He will acknowledge that he is a streaky hitter, one who also could go on a tear at any point. Even during his 53-homer season in 2013, Davis struck out 199 times.


What's amazing is that despite striking out once every 2.36 plate appearances, Davis still is hitting a respectable .261. He has six homers and is one pace for a 39-homer season.

Also, his batting average for balls in play is an amazing .409, tied for seventh best in baseball. That means that when Davis is making contact, he's getting hits.

-- Right-hander Miguel Gonzalez will try to end the Orioles' three-game losing streak tonight. Gonzalez is 3-3 with a 3.62 ERA in 11 career starts against New York, and he's 2-2 with a 4.29 ERA in six starts at Yankee Stadium.

Last season, Gonzalez was 0-1 with a 3.60 ERA in three games against the Yankees. He allowed three earned runs over six innings and got a no-decision in his only start at Yankee Stadium.

Gonzalez pitched one of his best games ever in his last meeting with the Yankees, holding New York to one run and four hits over seven innings and posting a career-high 10 strikeouts and one walk in a 4-3 win at Camden Yards on April 14.

Hot-hitting Mark Teixeira is just 1-for-15 in his career against Gonzalez. Jacoby Ellsbury is 5-for-19, and Brett Gardner is 3-for-22.

-- Alex Rodriguez's four homers off Chris Tillman are tied for the second most he has allowed to any opposing batter. Tampa Bay's Evan Longoria has hit six against him, and Lyle Overbay also has four.

Rodriguez's third-inning homer off Tillman on Thursday was the 661st of his career, passing Willie Mays for sole possession of fourth place all time.


This wasn't the first time Tillman was on the wrong side of Yankees history. On Sept. 11, 2009, he also allowed Derek Jeter's 2,722nd career hit, which passed Lou Gehrig for the most in Yankees history.

-- Here's an interesting nugget: The Orioles have lost seven straight series openers at Yankee Stadium. They've rebounded to win the second game of the series four of the past six times, including all three series last year in the Bronx.

-- Designated hitter Jimmy Paredes had drawn just one walk over his first 14 games this season, then drew two Thursday. He has hit safely in six straight games and 13 of 15 this season.

-- With a home run and double Thursday, catcher Caleb Joseph recorded his third career game with multiple extra-base hits.

-- In case you missed it, infielder Everth Cabrera, who was placed on the DL with a bruised left foot Thursday, will have an MRI on Friday.