Tony Bernazard, your time in infamy is now over. Thanks to Chris Davis’ 58-consecutive plate appearances without a hit dating all the way back to last September, there’s a new name attached to Major League Baseball’s all-time streak of offensive futility.
Honestly, you have to feel for the guy. I mean, he actually barrelled up pretty hard on this ball, but, unfortunately for him, it was hit right at Oakland’s centre fielder. Davis, at the time of me writing this, is now hitless in 36 plate appearances this season, and hitless in 58 plate appearances dating back to last season.
It’s been a shocking decline for Davis, who was once one of baseball’s most feared hitters. I don’t know if Khris Davis, who used to be referred to as a store brand knock-off Chris Davis, somehow did some voodoo magic thing and stole all of his abilities, but Davis’ plummet into being historically-bad at the plate isn’t something anyone expected. Maybe it’s karma for bad-mouthing Jose Bautista?
Bernazard had been the holder of the record since 1984 when he went 57 plate appearances without a hit in the middle of the season. He would slash a .221/.290/.287 line over the course of the 1984 season, but bounced back to have a couple of very solid seasons in the following years.
Davis slashed a miserable .168/.243/.296 line last season and he’s on pace to have an even shittier season this year. But no matter what happens, Baltimore is going to be on the hook for his $23,000,000 salary for three more years after this one.
Chris Davis hasn’t had a:
– run scored since September 18, 2018
– hit since September 14, 2018
– RBI since September 4, 2018
– home run since August 24, 2018
– road home run since July 20, 2018
– batting average above .186 since October 1, 2017
The Orioles owe him $92 million. pic.twitter.com/ix1FyQ9nLX
— David Blattman (@davidblattman) April 7, 2019