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Chris Davis hits three homers in Orioles’ victory

Aug 24, 2012, 11:55 PM EDT

Chris Davis' third home run Reuters

Chris Davis was further phased out of the Rangers’ plans two years ago by the Adrian Beltre signing. Now an Oriole, he watched Wednesday as Beltre hit three homers against his club in a Rangers rout. Davis, though, didn’t take it lying down. He joined Beltre and became the ninth player this year to hit three homers a game Friday in Baltimore’s 6-4 win over Toronto.

Davis homered twice off starter Carlos Villanueva and once off Steve Delabar to up his season total to 23 homers. While he has an ugly 132/26 K/BB ratio in 402 at-bats, he has hit an adequate .256 and driven in 64 runs.

The Orioles gave Davis a look at third base after picking him up in last summer’s Koji Uehara deal, but they’ve kept him away from the hot corner this season. He’s started 38 games at first, 15 in right and 11 in left, while also doing plenty of DHing.

Of course, he also famously picked up a win in relief in a game against the Red Sox in which he went 0-for-8 as a hitter.

The Orioles don’t figure to bring back Mark Reynolds next year — having both he and Davis in the lineup has altered wind patterns in the greater Baltimore area — so Davis could wind up as the team’s primary first baseman. He’ll further enhance his case if he makes a run at 30 homers next month.

  1. missthemexpos - Aug 25, 2012 at 1:20 AM

    The Jays have stunk it up big time lately, I still say Toronto should allow Farrell out of his contract so he can go back to a new look Red Sox team. In exchange Toronto gets a Boston roster player, and meantime makes Omar Vizquel the new manager for 2013.

  2. lewp - Aug 25, 2012 at 6:22 AM

    I’m confused here.

    “Beltre homered twice off starter Carlos Villanueva and once off Steve Delabar to up his season total to 23 homers. While he has an ugly 132/26 K/BB ratio in 402 at-bats, he has hit an adequate .256 and driven in 64 runs.”

    Beltre’s average is .316 through Friday.

  3. lewp - Aug 25, 2012 at 6:24 AM

    http://texas.rangers.mlb.com/team/player.jsp?player_id=134181

  4. proudlycanadian - Aug 25, 2012 at 6:38 AM

    Congratulations to Davis on his 3 “legitimate” bangers.

  5. randomdigits - Aug 25, 2012 at 7:45 AM

    The official story is a Labrum issue is keeping him from playing third. (Yet he can pitch?).

    There is no chance the O’s pick up Reynolds’ option, they might decline it and attempt to sign him for less money as he has looked pretty decent at first of late.

    • psuravens19 - Aug 25, 2012 at 9:29 AM

      I agree and could see this happening… Reynolds has played a great 1B for the most part.

  6. khennigan - Aug 25, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    @lewp Yeah that should be Davis, not Beltre.

    Davis does have a bad K/BB ratio, but is not Reynolds bad. If he keeps the average and HR numbers, he will be exactly what the O ‘s have been looking for for years: a legitimate first baseman. It was a steal from the Rangers if you ask me, along with Pedro Strop.

    • paperlions - Aug 25, 2012 at 11:11 AM

      2012
      Reynolds (380 PA): 52BB, 118 K
      Davis (434 PA): 26BB, 132 K

      Davis’ career K% is 31.2%, which nearly equal that of Reynolds (32.9%), but he walks less than 1/2 as often as Reynolds (6.3% to 13.5%). With Davis, you are getting a lower OBP and less overall production….so far. He’s only 26 and could improve a bit during his upcoming “prime” years.

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