SARASOTA, Fla. – In pro sports, highs and lows are all part of the game. But Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis might be one of baseball’s most extreme examples.
Coming off a pair of dreadful seasons in which he hit .168 in 2018 and .179 last year, Davis is sporting this spring’s hottest bat. Although it’s still early, he’s 5-for-8 in exhibition games through Monday with three home runs, five walks and only one strikeout.
That adds up to a ridiculous 2.464 OPS.
“You want to get off to a good start, whether it’s spring training or the regular season,” Davis tells USA TODAY Sports, “but I was a little caught off guard that I felt this good this early.”
Hitting home runs is nothing new for the 33-year-old slugger. He led the majors in 2013 when he mashed a career-high 53, drove in 138 runs and finished third in the AL MVP voting. He won another home run title two years later.
But things have gone steadily downhill since.
Davis didn’t know it at the time, but last spring he was in the middle of the longest hitless streak in baseball history. He finished the 2018 season without a hit in his last 21 at-bats. The streak carried over and eventually reached a…