Since then, though, Davis has been nothing short of fantastic.
Since Chris Davis finally ended his hitless streak:— Mike Petriello (@mike_petriello) May 13, 2019
In 70 plate appearances since the end of the streak, Davis is slashing .290/.371/.581 with five home runs, 15 runs batted in, and a ridiculously good 154 wRC+.
Part of the reason for the turnaround is the power of Davis' contact. His hard hit rate ranks in the 91st percentile across the league, and his xSLG (.461) is the highest it's been since 2016 (.489).
It's one thing to hit the ball hard, but it's another to make quality contact, which is exactly what Davis is doing. His barrel percentage is up to 15%, which ranks in the top 10% of all hitters, after it sat at 10.3% in 2018.
@enosarris Chris Davis has been hot the last month - lowered his K rate (by his standards) and has the best statcast peripherals since 2015 - barrel %, HH%, LA, and Exit Velo. Think he could potentially be on a rebound into Khris Davis territory?— DM (@DMitch4) May 12, 2019
Based on this info, Davis might actually be good again. He's hitting the ball and hitting it well. Some cautious optimism seems to be in order.
Who knows, maybe last year really was just a sick, grotesque anomaly.