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Baltimore Orioles are paying first baseman Chris Davis roughly $22 million for the 2019 MLB season. Unfortunately for the Orioles, he's not playing like a $22-million player.
The hitless streak was further extended when Davis struck out in his final at-bat on Thursday. He's 0-for-17 this season and hitless in his last 38 at-bats overall. He last recorded a hit 203 days ago against the Chicago White Sox on Sept. 14, 2018. Since that day, he has struck out 25 times in 38 at-bats.
Davis has been on a steady decline since finishing 14th in AL MVP voting in 2015, a season during which he tallied 47 homers and 117 RBI. In 2016, he hit 38 home runs while hitting .221. Then, in 2017, he smacked 26 round-trippers with a .215 batting average.
He finished last season with a .168 batting average across 470 at-bats with 16 homers, Davis' lowest total of any season in which he's played at least 100 games.
The Orioles, who had the worst record in the MLB in 2018, might need to re-evaluate how much they're playing Davis, who clearly isn't the same player he once was.
If this decline continues, it's scary to think about what his batting average might be by the time Davis' contract is up in 2022. He's already well below the infamous Mendoza Line, and he's set to be paid a $17-million base salary for each of the next three seasons beyond 2019.