BALTIMORE -- Chris Davis says there’s no physical reason why he’s out of the starting lineup for Monday night’s game.
“It’s probably because I’ve been [stinking] lately. That’s pretty evident,” Davis said. “Lately I just haven’t been very good. Maybe a chance to clear my head.”
Since June 6, Davis is 6-for-55, and he’s batting just .216.
Steve Pearce is starting at first base. Delmon Young is the designated hitter. Manager Buck Showalter says it’s not just that Davis is slumping.
“About 90 percent of it is Delmon Young. I need to get Delmon in a ballgame. I’m not going to let him sit around, not play,” Showalter said. “He’s gotten some big hits for us, so we’ll continue to keep everyone in the flow.”
Davis was the leader in All-Star Game voting last year, but he doesn’t want to hear about 2013.
“I've forgotten about last year. I know people keep bringing it up. Last year was over with as soon as the season ended,” Davis said.
“I know it’s frustrating for people to watch me go through it, but can you imagine how much more frustrating it is to go through it?”
Despite the struggles, Davis remains confident that he’ll turn things around.
“I know I’m going to get an opportunity to come out of it. I know I’m going to come out of it,” Davis said.
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Many clubs have used the exaggerated shift against Davis. He’s not blaming it for his woes.
“I’m not feeling a whole lot right now other than frustration. I’ve hit the ball hard a few times into the shift. Just missed some balls,” Davis said.
“It’s funny because when you hit .330, it feels like you get every hit, you’re hitting every hole. When you’re hitting just over .200, you feel like every pitch you take is a strike.”
Davis was hoping adding Nelson Cruz to the lineup was going to be a help. Cruz has helped, but Davis has his own challenges.
“They’re probably being a lot more careful this year. They’re not making as many mistakes. I’m not capitalizing on the mistakes they’re making,” Davis said.
“It’s frustrating, but at the same time, I’ll come out of it.”