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It is no fun watching Chris Davis


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I'm glad the whole "when the weather heats up" theory has been put to rest.

Wish we could sit him for an extended period to hopefully accelerate some positive strides with fixing issues, but that won't happen barring another injury. Just seems like putting him out there isn't helping.

He is Jim Johnsoning at the plate this year and we really need it to stop. Tiny cracks of sunlight in an otherwise dismal wall of poor outcomes. Live action seems to make it worse

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He's having an Adam Dunn 2011 like season. Dunn bounced back closer to his career norms after that disasterous .569 OPS season. I'd tender Davis a contract and if he hits again next year, I'd look to move him at the deadline.

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He is strictly a guess hitter at this point. The called SO on a 3-2 pitch was a grooved fastball. At least Mark Reynolds would attack the ball and foul off a couple. It is really sad to see, but his his first base play has been good. This season is costing him millions.

Cruz did however look better today. :rolleyes:

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He is strictly a guess hitter at this point. The called SO on a 3-2 pitch was a grooved fastball. At least Mark Reynolds would attack the ball and foul off a couple. It is really sad to see, but his his first base play has been good. This season is costing him millions.

Cruz did however look better today. :rolleyes:

Ugh that was absolutely painful to watch. Whatever wicked demon that is in Davis' head right now needs to be exorcised. Last year (and even in 2012) he crushes that pitch without hesitation.

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Would Davis go down voluntarily for a week or two, just to try to get his swing together without the pressure of a pennant race? I don't know if it would help but nothing else seems to be right now.

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My theory about why he became a different hitter in 2013 versus prior seasons is that he looked like he was "meeting" the ball where it was pitched instead of trying to attack it. His swing was much easier and less labored than it had been previously. It was as if he he began trying to hit 350 home runs instead of 450 foot home runs. He has so much natural power that he doesn't need to drive the ball, just get good contact. I think of how Sandy Koufax was a pretty mediocre pitcher until someone finally taught him that he would be a better pitcher if he wasn't throwing his fastball at 100% velocity on every pitch. Pressing too hard can often take away effectiveness. The problem (I think) with the rut Davis is in is that the more he struggles, the more he returns to his attacking approach that frustrated Texas, rather than the mechanically stable, meet the ball approach that made him so effective. My 2 cents.

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