Fantasy Baseball Stud Performance: Chris Davis
If there is one thing Baltimore Orioles 1B Chris Davis is known for it’s his power, and while that was on full display Wednesday night, Davis surprised fantasy baseball owners with a 4-for-4 performance at the plate.
The .258 career hitter hasn’t had problems hitting bombs for the Orioles and he managed his second of the season Wednesday night with three-run jack to left field in the first inning off Tampa Bay Rays SP Jeremy Hellickson. He drove in another run and scored one more to finish with four RBI and two runs scored.
The home run certainly wasn’t a shock, but the four-hit game should be considered a big surprise. In 2012 with the Orioles, Davis didn’t record four hits in a game all season and had three hits just eight times.
The big game followed a 1-for-4 night in the team’s opener, with his one being a not-so-surprising home run. Owners should not get used to the multi-hit games, however. Coming off a 33-homer season, Davis was had relatively late in fantasy drafts because of his low average and on-base percentage, but he could prove to be a value if he can hit around .275 as he has the potential to hit 35-to-40 jacks with 100 RBI in a full season.
The left-handed Davis was able to homer off lefty David Price in the opener and his splits over the past few years don’t indicate a huge dip in performance against southpaws; especially in power as seven of his 30 hits against them last year left the park. Fantasy owners will enjoy Davis’ contributions in the power categories all season, and any time he isn’t a drag on batting average is a welcome bonus.