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Orioles slugger Chris Davis' historically bad season by the numbers

Jon Meoli
Contact ReporterThe Baltimore Sun

Orioles slugger Chris Davis had a historically bad 2018 season. Just how bad was it? Here are some numbers:

4 — Davis is the fourth player in baseball history to have a higher strikeout total (192) than batting average (.168). That list includes Joey Gallo (207 strikeouts with a .206 average in 2018), Adam Dunn (222 strikeouts with a .204 average in 2012, 177 strikeouts with a .159 average in 2011) and Mark Reynolds (211 strikeouts with a .198 average in 2011).

-3.2 — Davis’ fWAR of -3.2 is fourth worst of all time and lowest since Cristian Guzman posted a -3.1 fWAR in 1999, according to FanGraphs.

46 — By weighted runs created plus (wRC+), Davis' mark of 46 was third lowest among qualifiers since 2000, with Clint Barmes of the 2006 Colorado Rockies coming in at 38 and Neifi Pérez in 2006 at 39, according to FanGraphs. League average in that statistic is 100. According to FanGraphs, it’s tied for 25th-worst since 1901.

.239 — Davis’ weighted on-base average (wOBA) of .239 is the lowest since 2000. According to FanGraphs, only 17 of the 12,903 qualifying seasons since 1900 were worse.

36.8 — With a strikeout rate of 36.8 percent, Davis’ was the highest in the majors this season. The only qualifier to ever post a higher one was Davis last year at 37.2 percent, while the Texas Rangers' Joey Gallo 36.8 percent of the time last year.

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