In what threatens to become a tradition of opening the Orioles, Chris Davis went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts and was booed more and more by each.
Things are miserable now for the first baseman of the Orioles. To start the season, he's incredibly 0-for-17 with 11 strikeouts. (For the record, your triple bar is .000 / .190 / .000.) Add that to the fact that you're only in the fourth year of a seven-year, $ 161 million contract, and you'll get boos.
"It's not something I really expected," Davis told reporters after the game. "It was difficult, at the same time, I listened to it a lot last year, and rightly so, I've said it before, I'll say it again: I understand the frustration, nobody is more frustrated than me."
I'm sure, because this is not just one thing from 2019. Davis goes back to last season and is 0 in his last 38, just eight at-bats without hits from the MLB record of 0 by 46, set by Eugenio Vélez of the Giants in 2010 and 2011. Player and it took him more than a full calendar year to reach that historic moment, so it's fair to say that Davis's crash is one of the most brutal in the history of baseball.
It would be one thing if it were a coincidence. It's another when Davis 2018 was one of the worst batting seasons in the sport's long history.
This, then, is what happens when a king of the three real results loses his batting speed, and with it his power to keep pitchers honest, and is reduced to a single-hitter. (The only true result for all of us is the decline and, eventually, death). Davis is 33 years old, and although he can not ride a horse forever, he is probably beyond the point where a pinch in his mechanics can make him come back. the guy who led MLB in home runs in 2015 or being a useful player in the big leagues. Or even a replacement level. Davis put on a putrid -3.5 bWAR last season, and as if to underline this point, he was beaten in Thursday's loss by Hanser Alberto, who hit four pitches before slapping a single.
I'm not sure where the world goes from here. The fans are not going to stop booing if this continues, although Davis seems more a pity than a worthy of antipathy. The Orioles have not given any sign that they would be willing to consider their contract as a non-recoverable cost and release it, even if a replacement-level player would probably improve the team. So, what about Davis himself? This can not be fun. He is not going to retire, not with that contract, nor should he. I was only half joking when I suggested someone to accept an badignment to Norfolk, where maybe he just spent the next two years putting good numbers against those 21 years old and without anyone yelling at him. That does not sound so bad, right? Better than this. Anything would be better than this.