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May 21, 2014

What You Need to Know

Chris Davis Going Deep

by Daniel Rathman


The Tuesday Takeaway
Chris Davis slugged three home runs in his first three games of the 2013 season—one in each of them—and then upped his total to four by going yard again the next day. That set the stage for his league-leading 53-homer campaign, which established the 28-year-old as one of the most feared hitters in the American League.

Reputations need to be upheld when established, though, and Davis’ first few days of the 2014 season weren’t nearly as productive as his opening salvos last year. He went hitless in games one and two, and he didn’t go yard until game 12. Davis then fell into a seven-game tater-less drought, which he snapped on April 23, two days before hitting the disabled list with a strained oblique. He returned on May 11, but went deep just once over the next eight games.

And so, 30 games into the 2014 Orioles season, Davis’ home run total was the same as it had been just three games in 2013. The first baseman had a whole lot of catching up to do. On Tuesday, he began to make up ground.

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Brad Clark

Orange crush is back for real!

Please excused my shameless homerism today.

May 21, 2014 06:07 AM
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Brad Clark

*excuse

May 22, 2014 06:23 AM
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kddean

Jeff Baker doesn't play for the Cubs, is that John Baker?

May 21, 2014 06:19 AM
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BP staff member Daniel Rathman
BP staff

Sure is—fixed, thanks.

May 21, 2014 07:49 AM
 
BillJohnson

Nice play by Pollock, but the announcers' assertion that the metrics say he's the best center fielder in the major leagues holds water only if you ignore all the ones who are, well, better. (One of whom was in the same ballpark as Pollpock last night, although he did not actually play CF.)

May 21, 2014 07:46 AM
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JohnnyFive

Can we please talk about Justin Verlander some more? What the heck, Verlander?!?

May 21, 2014 07:57 AM
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salvomania
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Last night, Julio Teheran turned that trio into a quartet.

And Adam Wainwright turned that quartet into a quintet after allowing one baserunner in 9 innings to tie for the highest Game Score of the 2014 season thus far.

May 21, 2014 08:45 AM
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