Back in early April, I was in the Rays’ clubhouse with other local media talking to some of the pitchers before the game about some of the news items from around the league. The topic shifted to the hot start Chris Davis had gotten off too. I rattled off a few numbers about how he had done dating back to last season which raised the eyebrows of a few of them. Jeremy Hellickson, casually playing around on his iPad days after giving up one of Davis’s early bombs, did not even look up when he softly said, “that’ll even out. It always does.”
What if it doesn’t?
In that opening series against Tampa Bay, Davis hit three home runs, drove in 11 runs, and was retired just five times in 13 plate appearances. In the six games the Rays have faced Davis since that series, they’ve held him to seven hits and two walks in 37 plate appearances while striking him out eight times. While Davis’s success has evened out a bit against Tampa Bay, it certainly has not against the rest of You've reached the end of our free article preview.
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