Bruce Bochy walked to get to Chris Davis and got burned

Chris Davis home runBruce Bochy is an unconventional manager, and one of his unconventional moves backfired on Friday.

The San Francisco Giants and Baltimore Orioles were tied at two in the top of the 10th at AT&T Park when Bochy had his pitcher issue an intentional walk to Adam Jones to bring up Chris Davis. That’s the same Chris Davis who leads MLB with 42 home runs. Just as you would imagine, Davis torched the Giants.

The left-handed slugger hit a 2-run double to put the O’s up 4-2, and Matt Wieters followed with an RBI single before Bochy pulled pitcher Javier Lopez for Santiago Casilla. The Giants ended up losing 5-2 in 10.

Though the move did not pay off, and intentionally walking to get to Davis sounds insane, there actually was some logic to Bochy’s move.

Lopez is a lefty and already had gotten out left-handed hitters Nate McLouth and Nick Markakis earlier in the inning. Davis is hitting .247/.296/.527 against lefties, compared to .332/.420/.757 against right-handed pitchers. But if Bochy wanted to play the matchup game, he should have taken a look at Adam Jones’ stats against lefties before walking him. Jones is hitting .246/.313/.425 against lefties, which is worse than Davis’ numbers against southpaws.

Bochy out-thought himself on this one and lost. And just to remind Bochy how dumb it is to intentionally walk someone to get to Davis, the O’s first baseman crushed a home run to center in a 3-2 loss on Saturday:

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Chris Davis quit Twitter: ‘It wasn’t my cup of tea’

Chris-Davis-Hurts-Shoulder-Sleeping-WrongUnfortunately for Baltimore Orioles slugger Chris Davis, the last time home run records were being chased was during the heart of Major League Baseball’s steroid era. It will be a long time before any player who hits 30-plus home runs before the All-Star break is not accused of using steroids, and Davis has gotten a first-hand look at that with his 37 this season.

Last week, the 27-year-old made the decision to quit Twitter. When Dan Connolly of The Baltimore Sun asked him about that decision, Davis was vague.

“I gave it about a year,” he said. “I told [PR director Monica Barlow] I’d try it for a year and see how I felt about it. It wasn’t my cup of tea. There was no correlation with any time of the year or anything like that. I tried it for about a year and it just wasn’t something I was into.”

If all of the accusations Davis has faced on Twitter didn’t play a part in his decision to give it up, that would be one heck of a coincidence. Davis wouldn’t be the first nor the last person to quit Twitter because he gets tired of the haters.

As his recent comments about Barry Bonds showed us, Davis does not think very highly of MLB players who have been linked to performance-enhancing drugs. He has also reportedly passed every drug test he has taken, so you can understand why the skeptics might get under his skin. Not reading tweets about how he’s juicing will probably lower his blood pressure a few ticks.

H/T Hardball Talk

Jose Bautista disagrees with Chris Davis, calls Barry Bonds HR king

barry-bonds-musclesChris Davis has enjoyed a phenomenal first half of the season for the Baltimore Orioles, and his success has led to notoriety and scrutiny.

Davis, who has clubbed 37 home runs this season, recently responded to a Twitter user who asked if he was juicing by saying he was not. Davis also seemed to show an anti-PED stance when he said on ESPN Radio two weeks ago that he and many others consider Roger Maris to be the single-season home run king, not Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire or Sammy Sosa, who all were believed to be using PEDs when they broke Maris’ record of 61 homers.

Apparently Davis was not speaking for Jose Bautista when he made that statement.

The Toronto Blue Jays outfielder, whose 54 home run season in 2010 subjected him to PED suspicion, told NBC Sports Radio’s “Kup & Schultz” on Sunday that he considers Bonds to be the single-season record holder.

“Well, I consider the home run record in baseball the one that is 73 home runs,” Bautista said on the show. “Until they manage to change that somehow, that’s the record. I’m sorry [Davis] feels a different way, but that’s just the way I feel.”

Davis is not the first person to refuse to acknowledge Bonds as the home run king because of PEDs, but technically Bautista is right. As of now, there is no asterisk next to Bonds’ name in the record book. Major League Baseball still recognizes him as the single-season home run record holder. If Davis keeps hitting homers at his current pace, he can take a shot at officially changing that.

Orioles’ Chris Davis Headed to DL After Sleeping on Shoulder Wrong

The sooner baseball players start taking their health more seriously, the sooner we can stop talking about weird and embarrassing injuries.  Don’t get me wrong, I’ve slept weirdly and woken up with soreness.  But I’ve never wound up on the DL because of it.  In fact my neck hurts from the way I slept last night and here I am staring at a computer screen.  The blogosphere don’t sleep.

According to the Baltimore Sun, the Orioles placed first baseman Chris Davis on the disabled list with a shoulder strain Tuesday.  Davis aggravated the injury when he slept on his shoulder wrong in Kansas City, and an MRI revealed wear and tear on his labrum and rotator cuff.  He could miss the rest of the season, which is especially unfortunate since the Orioles acquired him in a trade with the Rangers only a month ago.

Like Carlos Zambrano before him, Davis made his injury worse with an everyday activity.  Davis’ injury adds to an insane list of freak injuries we’ve had in the MLB since spring training.  Alcides Escobar learned the value of bug spray and Scott Downs found out the hard way that his kids are tougher than him.  Chris Narveson even got a lesson in how to properly use a pair of scissors.  Is the world out to get these guys or what?  At the end of the day they just need to be thankful none of them wound up with a pool cue up their ass.

H/T to SI Hot Clicks for the story.