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Chris Davis' Stats Since Breaking Hitless Streak Are Extremely Beastly

BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 10: Chris Davis #19 of the Baltimore Orioles hits a home run in the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on May 10, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Baltimore Orioles | Greg Fiume

It feels just like yesterday that the baseball world was laughing at Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis' absurd 0-for-54 hitless streak.

Since then, though, Davis has been nothing short of fantastic.

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.

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.