Davis went 2-for-4 with a pair of run-scoring singles in a win over the Twins on Friday. Davis continued to operate out of the sixth spot in the order Friday, and he hit safely for the third straight game since operating out of that slotting. The slugger was shifted down from his usual cleanup spot in an effort to afford him a "change of scenery" in the words of manager Bob Melvin, and the strategy seems to have worked relatively well thus far.
Davis was dropped to sixth in the batting order Wednesday, though he's expected to return to the cleanup spot soon, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports. Davis had exclusively hit cleanup this season prior to Wednesday's contest and hasn't hit lower than fourth since 2016. The Athletics are looking to give him a change of scenery, as he's recording a disappointing .232/.302/.419 slash line on the season. The move is reportedly temporary, though he'll likely have to show significant improvement to return to his customary role.
Davis went 1-for-3 with a walk and two runs in a win over the Mariners on Friday. Davis was able to cash in on both occasions that he reached safely, and he's now scored at least one run in three straight games overall. The slugger continues to uncharacteristically struggle with stringing home runs together, however, as he's now gone 12 straight games without leaving the yard following a separate 14-game dry spell earlier in the campaign. That said, there aren't any true concerning signs when looking at his predictive power metrics, with one exception: while Davis' 22.9 percent HR/FB rate, career-high 46.1 percent hard-contact rate and 7.5 percent barrels per plate appearance are all indicative of a potent swing, the drop in flyball rate from last year's 48.8 percent to this season's career-low 36.6 percent has certainly conspired to reduce his overall long-ball opportunities.
Davis (hand) went 0-for-4 in a win over the Twins on Tuesday, his return from a three-game absence. Davis filled his usual designated hitter role in his first taste of game action since getting hit on the hand by a pitch last Thursday against the Angels. The slugger saw an eight-game hitting streak snapped in that injury-shortened contest, and he's now gone nine games since his last home run.
Davis (hand) is back in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Twins. Davis hasn't played since getting hit by a pitch last Thursday. His injury-filled season has led to some less-than-impressive numbers, as his .249/.312/.462 slash line isn't quite what the Athletics or fantasy owners were looking for. He'll bat cleanup as the designated hitter Tuesday.
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