Davis went 2-for-3 with a solo home run during Tuesday's Game 2 loss to the Astros. The 32-year-old smacked a two-run shot during the series opener and followed it with Tuesday's solo homer, but the A's remain in a 2-0 hole entering Game 3. Davis struggled during the regular season with a .632 OPS -- the worst mark of his career -- but he's found his groove in four playoff games, going 7-for-23 with three homers and six RBI.
Davis went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in Monday's ALDS Game 1 loss against the Astros. Davis opened the scoring with a two-run shot off Lance McCullers in the bottom of the second, though it ultimately wasn't nearly enough as the Athletics lost 10-5. Still, it was certainly a positive to see the veteran slugger contribute, as he hit just .200/.303/.329 with two homers in 99 plate appearances during the regular season.
Davis was in the lineup for the first time since Monday in Sunday's loss to the Giants and went 1-for-3 with a walk. Manager Bob Melvin had recently noted he'd look to get Davis consistent at-bats ahead of the postseason over the final week of the campaign, and he began making good on that pledge Sunday. Davis encouragingly didn't strike out in any of his four plate appearances, noteworthy in the sense that six whiffs in his first 18 plate appearances of September helped relegate him to the bench for multiple games. Davis will look to rediscover his power stroke ahead of the playoffs as well, as he's left the yard just once in his last 18 games.
Davis, who's been on the bench for four straight games and has just five starts since Aug. 29, is likely to get some playing time during the final week of the regular season while manager Bob Melvin rests some regulars, the Associated Press reports. The veteran slugger has endured another forgettable season, slashing just .192/.306/.329 with two home runs across 85 plate appearances. Davis has been bogged down by the second-highest strikeout rate (29.4 percent) of his career, as well as by a pedestrian 31.3 percent hard-contact rate. Davis will look to rediscover his stroke ahead of the postseason if Melvin comes through on his pledge to afford him some opportunities in the final games of the campaign.
Davis went 2-for-6 with a two-run home run and a double during Tuesday's doubleheader against the Astros. The veteran slugger also struck out three times as he continues to struggle to string together strong performances. Davis did his damage Tuesday during the matinee, collecting both his hits and driving in half of the A's four runs. The 32-year-old has a .172/.274/.313 slash line with two homers, three doubles and eight RBI in 21 games.