Chris Davis' hitless streak reached 28 straight at-bats Saturday night with another 0-for-4 performance at the plate against the Nationals. Sunday, he’ll get a short respite, as manager Buck Showalter left Davis out of the lineup, citing both Davis’ struggles at the plate and his desire to get other players in there.
Davis said that he’ll take the day to clear his mind, rather than working on anything specific in his swing.
“I want in there every day. I want 100 at bats, even if I go 0-for-100,” Davis said. “When you have a day off it’s good to take a break, take a mental day. I’ve been out here early several days working on stuff, and I think it’s good to take a day off and observe the game from the bench.”
Davis’ last hit came June 14 against the Pirates, and he hasn’t had one since Showalter moved Davis to right field the following day in Atlanta. On Sunday, Davis jokingly blamed his slump on Showalter’s positional changes, but he also noted that he has gone through an adjustment period to adapt to his new routine.
Davis said that he feels more comfortable at the plate and has hit the ball harder against Washington, though he has nothing to show for it. But, if he can’t break through with the bat, he’s got a backup plan.
“I’m sure it’ll turn around,” Davis said. “If it doesn’t, then I’ll just go back to the bullpen.”