Friday afternoon proved to be a somewhat dark and unfortunate time for Chris Davis.
The Baltimore Orioles first baseman was suspended for 25 games (including the postseason) testing positive for drug use, with the particular drug being Amphetamines.
It is the result of a second positive test this season, according to USA Today Sports.
Breaking it down
So what do we make of this suspension slapped on Davis, especially with him being an activist and critic against performance enhancing drugs?
One thing is for sure: it isn’t an immediate issue towards the Oriole infielder due in part to the small suspension he received.
However, it does shed some light on his breakthrough season in 2013, where he hit 53 home runs and drove in 138 runs.
It was the season that coined the nickname “Crush Davis” and halt a third place finish in the American League MVP voting behind the likes of Miguel Cabrera and Mike Trout.
If in fact the Orioles were to have made the playoffs that season, he would’ve undoubtedly been the MVP.
But what does it say for this season?
Before the suspension, Davis wasn’t exactly lighting pitchers with his immense power. His home runs total this season (26) is a far cry from what he accomplished the season before.
Adding to his woes is a measly .196 batting average and 173 strikeouts at the plate, which leads all of baseball.
Essentially, the loss of Chris Davis for the Orioles isn’t as severe compared to his fellow teammates and star pupils Matt Wieters and Manny Machado who are both out with injuries.
Davis is for sure suspended for the rest of the regular season, which counts for 17 final games for Baltimore and potentially 8 postseason games (If the Orioles successfully make it deep into the playoffs).
In reality, the Orioles can do without Davis but when he returns from his suspension he’ll be more or less an added bonus of power for their lineup. With that being said, what type of Chris Davis will we see in 2015?
The 2013 season or before his breakthrough season? The 2012 season is seen as the beginning of Davis putting his name on the map, clubbing 33 homers and driving in 85 runs. Before 2012, he couldn’t musk a 30 home run season.
A couple thoughts and question to keep in mind with Chris Davis from here on out: It’ll take some time for him to become the player he wants to be; Is there more to his drug use in the future? Was 2014 just a year to be in a funk or did the drugs he took play a significant role?
It depends on when Chris Davis is available to make a statement with his bat.