In season full of slumps for Orioles first baseman Chris Davis, he's in the middle of his worst

As bad as Chris Davis’ season has been — a year filled with ugly strikeout-filled dry spells at the plate — the Orioles first baseman is now going through his worst stretch of 2018.

With an 0-for-4 night that included four strikeouts and a walk in the Orioles’ 10-8 loss to the New York Yankees, Davis is 1-for-32 with 17 strikeouts over his past nine games, which marks his worst extended stretch of the season.


“It’s a tough night for him,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.

Throughout a season in which Davis has never batted above .186, it's hard to believe this stretch is the worst.

Davis struck out twice and walked once against Yankees left-handed starter CC Sabathia, swinging through a cutter in the second inning and looking at a slider in the sixth.

The Orioles must make decisions on the futures of Dan Duquette and Buck Showalter shortly after the season ends.

Left-hander Stephen Tarpley, a former Orioles farmhand, entered the game face Davis to open the eighth and struck him out on a slider on which Davis failed to check his swing. In the ninth, Dellin Betances struck Davis out on five pitches, getting him to swing through a slider.

Davis opened the season with a bad 1-for-21 stretch in his first six games. And he went through a 2-for-37 stretch that included 18 strikeouts over a 10-game stretch from May 12 to 24, those don’t match his current slump.

“Chris will have a couple of good games where you keep thinking that he’s going to get it going. He just can’t string it together consistently,” Showalter said. “It’s been a challenge for him most of the season.”

It comes after Davis raised his season batting average to .180 on Sept. 5, not an accomplishment for most hitters, but it marked Davis’ highest season average since May and gave hope that he might be able to break the .200 mark with a strong September.

Instead, he’s recently gone in the other direction, and while not playing regularly. He’s started just eight of the Orioles’ past 12 games, and six of his past 11 starts have come at designated hitter.

So in trying figure out how to get Davis going, Showalter has already tried to give him time off, but that hasn’t worked.

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