Chris Davis hit 38 homers last year, and we should be happy with that, but that's so 2015. In a year where many players set career highs in homers and second baseman were going yard 30 times, Davis had a normal power year for him. That was not a good thing because outside of scoring 99 runs, he did not do anything else well at all. He drove in just 84 and his batting average returned to the sub-optimal range albeit not below the Mendoza Line like in 2014. At this stage of his career, Davis' skills are stable. He will hit for more power than most and will produce runs in bunches when he gets on one of his power hot streaks, but he is very unlikely to hit for average. Good luck predicting his batting average given there has been 90 points of variance in it over the past four seasons. The three true outcomes are consistent for him but everything else is quite fluid.
Davis went 2-for-3 with a solo home run, a double, a walk and two runs scored in Saturday's win in Toronto. A night after going hitless for the first time this season, Davis got back on track with a big performance Friday. Through the campaign's first nine contests, Davis is crushing the ball to the tune of .364/.432/.727 with three home runs. His 42 percent strikeout rate leaves much to be desired, but the slugger's swing and miss tendency is a well-known part of his fantasy package.
Davis went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Wednesday's 3-1 win over the Blue Jays. His first blast of the season was also his 200th as an Oriole. Davis has hit at least 26 home runs in five straight seasons, and there's no reason to think that streak will end in 2017.
Davis (illness) will start at first base and bat fifth in the order in Tuesday's Grapefruit League game against the Rays, Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun reports. Davis had been battling bronchitis and failed to play in any of the last three games, but his reentry into the lineup suggests he's feeling healthy again. As he enters his age-31 season, Davis remains one of the game's premier power hitters, but he'll need to show some improvement in batting average (.221 mark in 2016) and RBI (84) if he's to reemerge as a top-flight fantasy first baseman.
Davis has made little progress in his recovery from bronchitis, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports. More information regarding Davis' condition likely will be available in the coming days, as he's scheduled to be reevaluated Monday. At that point, a more definitive timetable for his eventual return should become clear.
Davis is still dealing with bronchitis, Rich Dubroff of PressBox reports. Although Davis has been taking a medication to deal with his illness, there's yet to be news as to when he'll return to action. Until Davis is back in the lineup, look for Trey Mancini and Mark Trumbo to split time at first base.
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