Chris Davis Now 2 Short of MLB-Record Hitless Streak

By Paul Shapiro
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Chris Davis could set an MLB record tonight. But it's not the kind of record the Baltimore Orioles hoped for when they signed the first baseman to a 7-year, $161-million contract before the 2016 season.

This record will be the longest hitless streak by a position player in MLB history. Davis is currently 0 for his last 44, dating back to last season.

The longest hitless streak in MLB history is currently held by Eugenio Velez, who played for the Los Angeles Dodgers during his record-breaking 0-for-46.

Velez had a rough start to his Dodgers career, failing to record a hit in his first 25 at-bats with the team. He also broke a 75-year-old record for most at-bats in a single season without a hit, finishing the season 0-for-37 – another record Davis is eyeing sitting at 0-for-23 in 2019.

With the Orioles taking on the Oakland A's this evening, Davis will face an old foe in Marco Estrada. In 36 at-bats against the right-hander, Davis has six hits, batting .167 in his career.

Here's the glass is half full stat – three of those six hits were homers. And for those who see the glass as half empty, Davis should tie the record around the fourth inning tonight while potentially breaking it by his third at-bat.

Records for futility are never good for the player involved, but they're surely enjoyable to track.