Chris Davis of the Orioles has taken futility to new levels with 49 consecutive at-bats without a hit.
Davis is 0-of-28 with 15 strikeouts this season after going hitless in his last 21 at-bats of the 2018 season.
Most consecutive players without a hit between position players:
• 2018-19 Chris Davis, 49 (and counting)
• 2010-11 Eugenio Velez, 46
• 2011 Craig Counsell, 45
• 1973 Dave Campbell, 45
• 1909 Bill Bergen, 45
Source: Elias Sports Bureau
Davis actually made some progress in Monday's record game. The exit speeds of the flying balls he hit in his first three at-bats were 92, 91 and 104 mph. When entering the game, he only had six batted balls with speeds of at least 90 mph. (Mike Trout entered Monday with 12 over 100 mph this season.)
Davis's lineout in the fifth inning on Monday had a 58% chance of hitting, but it did not, as left fielder Robbie Grossman of A caught him on the warning track. Davis struck out his last two at-bats to complete a night of 0-for-5.
Davis consecutive hitless at-bats:
• 29 strikeouts (20 swing, nine looking)
• Seven flies
• Six alignments
• Six groundouts
• One reached in the choice of the gardener.
Tim Kurkjian believes that baseball is partly to blame for the struggles of Chris Davis, saying that this is a difficult sport, and this can happen.
Davis' final hit came on September 14, 2018, with a double by James Shields of the White Sox. Since September 15, 2018, through the games played on April 7, 2019, 569 players had hits, none of them named Chris Davis (although Khris Davis had 20).
Some other notes about this streak, courtesy of ESPN Stats & Information:
From September 15, 2018, until April 7, 2019 …
• 75 pitches have been registered by pitchers
• Most successes in that span: Christian Yelich and Anthony Rendon (36 each)
• The majority of HR and RBI during that time: Christian Yelich (12, 35)
• Most hits without making one out: Brewers pitcher Brandon Woodruff (3-for-3)
• Most at-bats without a punch: Martin Prado (21)
Since the start of Davis' run and on Monday, Mike Trout had an OPS of 1,366, and Christian Yelich had an OPS of 1,517. Davis' OPS since his last hit is .125. Yelich has 23 extra-base hits at that time, and Davis has 29 strikeouts.
Money for nothing
To make matters worse, Davis has a base salary of $ 23 million as part of a seven-year, $ 161 million contract signed in January 2016. (Hey, he came from a season of 47 home runs in 2015, and he hit 53 homers in 2013.) Divide Davis's salary by 186 days, the duration of the baseball season, reaches around $ 123,655 per day of the season. That means that in the 19 days of baseball since his last hit, Davis has won more than $ 3.5 million.
Do not worry, fans of the orioles. The Davis agreement, which we rate as the worst in the majors before the season, is only four years old and $ 92 million remaining.