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Chris Davis on benching: “It’s probably because I’ve been sucking lately”

Jun 23, 2014, 3:45 PM EDT

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Orioles first baseman Chris Davis is on the bench today and initially reports had him sitting out because of an oblique muscle injury, but he later cleared that up by saying:

Physically [I’m fine]. It’s probably because I’ve been sucking lately.

That’s better, I guess–and the Orioles are also facing a very tough left-hander in White Sox ace Chris Sale–although Davis has hit just .153 with 41 strikeouts in his last 25 games and his overall OPS this season is 255 points below last year’s mark.

Davis seeing a big decline in his numbers this season was to be expected, if only because 53 homers and 138 RBIs is a ridiculously good year for any hitter, but he actually got off to a very strong start with seven homers and an .894 OPS in 34 games through mid-May.

And now he’s on the bench in favor of journeyman Steve Pearce.

  1. randomdigits - Jun 23, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    Wonder if he is going to regret listening to Boras and not trying to sign an extension last off-season?

  2. shadowcell - Jun 23, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    Well, admitting you have a problem is the first step.

  3. El Bravo - Jun 23, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    Unrelatedly, the banner ad on this page is for Liam Neeson’s “Non-Stop” which is out on DVD. I did everyone a favor by watching this flop flick over the weekend. LET ME BE CLEAR: DO NOT WATCH THIS TERRIBLE GOD FORSAKEN MONSTROSITY OF A CRAPFEST TRYING TO PASS AS A FEATURE FILM.

    • gwylie1 - Jun 23, 2014 at 4:14 PM

      it was mildly entertaining

    • gothapotamus90210 - Jun 23, 2014 at 4:41 PM

      You have a particular set of skills?

    • mybrunoblog - Jun 23, 2014 at 4:52 PM

      It was an enjoyable action thriller. Don’t be a movie snob. Really. Don’t be that guy. Not everything is going to be the Godfather or Shawshank Redemption.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jun 23, 2014 at 5:00 PM

      I think it all depends on your expectations heading into it.

  4. denny65 - Jun 23, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    Wow: best non-cliche sports statement of the year!

  5. dowhatifeellike - Jun 23, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    He’s swinging and missing at the same stuff he was putting over the fence last season. It’s maddening.

    • paperlions - Jun 23, 2014 at 5:46 PM

      In fairness, this is much closer to the guy that Davis was before 2013.

  6. ravens2014 - Jun 23, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    “And now he’s on the bench in favor of journeyman Steve Pearce.”

    Pearce has been one of the best players in MLB over the last few weeks. he deserves to play over him. davis also hasnt been playing very well defensively.

    • phillphan - Jun 23, 2014 at 4:32 PM

      Wow,I never thought I would ever read Pearce and one of the best players in the major leagues in the same sentence. Either it’s a sad statement about baseball or I need some of what your smoking.

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jun 23, 2014 at 4:36 PM

        He said in the last few weeks.

        Since June 6, Pearce is batting .429 with five doubles, two home runs and seven RBIs.

    • paperlions - Jun 23, 2014 at 5:50 PM

      Holy Hot Hand fallacy, Batman.

      Regardless of what Pearce has done the last few weeks, he’s still far more likely to hit like he always has (wRC+ around 100) the next few weeks than he is to hit like he has over 48 PAs the last few weeks (wRC+ of 232).

  7. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jun 23, 2014 at 4:09 PM

    You know, you have to like a guy who’s taking it like a man. Really glad to see he’s not throwing a hissy fit because “HOW DARE THE GREAT AND POWERFUL OZ GET BENCHED!!!” I’ve always liked Chris, and the way he’s taken this benching makes me like him even more.

  8. suicidalionsfan - Jun 23, 2014 at 4:45 PM

    He’s being randomly tested for ‘roids this season and had to lay off

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jun 23, 2014 at 5:01 PM

      Let’s give pitchers some credit here. They adjusted, now it is Davis’ turn.

    • 18thstreet - Jun 23, 2014 at 6:38 PM

      They are all randomly tested for steroids. That’s why minor leaguers we’ve all never heard of get caught all the time.

      I wish football season would start so you’d go away.

  9. mybrunoblog - Jun 23, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    PED’s or just a slump?

    • paperlions - Jun 23, 2014 at 5:51 PM

      Stupid or just a slump?

  10. Eutaw's Finest - Jun 23, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    Davis sure is making it easy on the O’s who have been debating between extending Wieters or Davis. I’d still take Wieters post-TJS over Chris Davis’ impression of Josh Hamilton after joining the Angels.

    • emdash01 - Jun 23, 2014 at 5:21 PM

      My understanding is that it’s very, very difficult for a catcher to stay at the position after Tommy John – they can’t have a throwing program like a pitcher can to build up strength, for example. That’s why Wieters/the team waited so long to admit he needed the surgery. If I were the Orioles, I’d want to be sure he could still hang on at catcher as his offense isn’t strong enough to make him playable at any other position he could play.

      • jerze2387 - Jun 23, 2014 at 5:35 PM

        his offense is better than some of the stiffs who start at 1B or DH for a lot of teams, and those are positions he could play

  11. miguelcairo - Jun 23, 2014 at 5:48 PM

    It’s a shame a player can’t just have a great season without having people accuse him of using PED’s. Davis will come around. He won’t hit 53 home runs again, but he’ll come around.

  12. djpostl - Jun 23, 2014 at 6:03 PM

    Face it, this season’s performace isn’t the outlier…. last season was.

    • Jeremy Fox - Jun 23, 2014 at 6:20 PM

      Actually, they’re both outliers (well, they’re both some distance from his career average). His career OPS+ is 120. Last year was 167, this year he’s at 108 so far. Based on that and the fact that he’s not even 30 yet, he’s probably just slumping right now. By the end of the season he’ll probably be back to something near his career norm.

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