Every kid who grows up playing sports imagines someday breaking records as a pro. But there are some records that no one wants to break. Chris Davis learned this sad fact recently as he became the all-time leader in most consecutive at-bats without a hit.
Davis is now up to 49 hitless at-bats in a row. The previous record was held by Eugenio Valez over the 2010 and 2011 seasons. He went 46 at-bats without a hit. But Davis has now topped him. In order to break the record, Davis had to go hitless in his final 21 at-bats last season and in his first 28 of this year. And he’s not just failing to get hits but he’s having trouble putting the ball in play. Davis has struck out 15 times already this season.
But things are looking up for Davis. He’s hitting the ball harder than earlier in the season and one of the times he put the ball into play on Monday was a line drive that just happened to be caught near the fence by Robbie Grossman.
It’s Just Baseball
Chris Davis’s drought may be of historic significance but it really just boils down to baseball being a difficult game with lost of ups and downs. Davis is in a slump that’s particularly bad and lasting longer than most. But every hitter knows what it’s like to go through a slump. Baseball is such a mental game that hitting droughts are not uncommon. The longer a batter goes without getting a hit, the more he thinks about it and the worse his hitting gets.
But this can’t last forever. Eventually the mind snaps out of it. So Davis is struggling but if he waits it out and stays patient he and the Oriole fans cheering for him have nothing to worry about.
Engaging sentence: Why can’t Chris Davis get a hit?