The Dugout Report

The Inconvenient First Baseman by llwesman
June 19, 2009, 12:46 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

Fantasy owners don’t need any sort of caption on the above. For those not blessed with endless frustration, that’s Chris Davis, Texas’ maligned first baseman. Coming off a promising debut in 08, where he hit .285 with 17 HR in just 80 games, it looked like he’d take the next step to becoming a glorious fantasy player. Bill James famously predicted he’d hit .302 with 40 HR and 118 RBI. His 1B/3B eligibility salivated the orals of fantasy owners across the spectrum.

What a fall it has been. Davis leads the majors in strikeouts, already approaching 100. He’s just over the Mendoza line and taking cuts at anything not thrown by an outfielder. While he’s still on pace for over 30 home runs, his average has him bordering on unownable in all but the deepest fantasy leagues. Luckily for Davis his teammates have been able to carry the load thusfar. The team’s patience has to be running out – don’t rule out Justin Smoak having an August call up if Davis doesn’t get his average into the .250 range. This is a team with playoff aspirations and a first baseman hitting .200 is not going to get it done.

His leash in fantasy is nearing an end, while he homered yesterday, another 5/30 week would be the last straw.


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