First baseman Chris Davis proved himself to be a superstar last season when he blasted a franchise-record 53 home runs for the Baltimore Orioles. This breakout campaign came off a season where he hit 33 home runs, and it was safe to assume that Davis would be a premier power hitter in MLB for years to come. But now, about a quarter of the way through the 2014 season, Davis has seemingly disappeared.
The home run-hitting monster who the Baltimore faithful nicknamed “Crush” is now crushing absolutely nothing besides the hearts’ of Orioles fans everywhere.
Despite spending time on the disabled list, Davis has played in 30 games prior to Tuesday night’s contest against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Coming into the game, Davis was really struggling, hitting only .231 with three home runs and 15 RBIs. A far cry from his 53 home runs and 138 RBIs from just a year ago.
But on Tuesday, he looked like the 2013 version of himself. Davis went 4-for-5 at the plate with three home runs and five RBIs. In the last series against the Kansas City Royals, Davis also took Jeremy Guthrie deep. While a few plate appearances don’t mean much in the grand scheme of things, Davis’ sudden resurgence is a great sign for the Orioles.
Davis looked like he was pushing himself to hit home runs which was only compounding the pressure. Now with the weight of the city of Baltimore lifted off his arms, we may just see the guy who amazed us on a nightly basis last season. Time will tell.