When the Baltimore Orioles traded reliever Koji Uehara to the Texas Rangers, the move seemed to be the O’s white flag of 2011. When they got first baseman Chris Davis in return, that white flag now seems to be waving from the opposing pitcher’s mound.
Since coming over late in the 2011 season, Davis has shown the potential he flashed during his 2008 rookie season when he hit .285 with 17 home runs and 55 runs batted in over the course of 80 games. His follow up season saw him hit 21 home runs in 113 games, but his .238 average was less than desirable. Davis continued to struggle until his trade to Baltimore.
Davis finished his 2011 season strong as an Oriole, hitting .276 over the last 31 games of the year. With the first base job his heading into the 2012 season, Davis has seemed more confident at the plate, and boy is it showing.
This year Davis is hitting .333 with five home runs and 13 runs batted in, and if you saw that home run he hit in Baltimore’s 10-1 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Saturday night, his swing is looking better than ever. If that wasn’t enough, Davis also has a smooth glove over at first, which has already come in handy on several occasions.
Some good news for Orioles fans is that Davis usually starts the season off slowly and then heats up later in the year. If he’s hitting .333 early on, hopefully he can keep that going. In his career, Davis is a .232 hitter before the All Star break while he cranks it up to a tune of .275 after the break.
One thing is for sure: Davis has certainly made the most of his time in Baltimore. Since coming to the Orioles, Davis has hit .289 in his 52 games, a great improvement over his .248 he hit as a Texas Ranger. At only 26 years old, could the O’s finally have their first baseman for the future? What do you think? Post your comments below.