Britton’s struggles, rotation crunch lead to latest demotion

July 10, 2013 | Luke Jones

Britton’s struggles, rotation crunch lead to latest demotion

Many have questioned how wise it is for Davis — or any slugger, for that matter — to take part in the Home Run Derby, but I can’t say it’s something over which I’m significantly concerned.

There’s always a certain element of risk when taking part in a competition outside the regular season — the All-Star Game itself is another example — but Davis has been credited by many for his improved ability to study video and make adjustments since the early years of his career in Texas. Many have also complimented his immense strength and how he appears to swing so easily while hitting baseballs a great distance, making it less likely that he’d be the type of hitter to overswing with his power coming so naturally.

There’s little doubt that Showalter will remind Davis of his commitment to the Orioles and encourage him not to overdo it, but there haven’t been any indications of resistance internally.

And as several will point out, his current 1-for-21 slide might indicate a change of pace is in order anyway.

Sluggers with Davis’ approach at the plate will go through rough patches that include less contact and more frustration, but the 27-year-old deserves the benefit of the doubt and a right to showcase himself in what’s been an MVP-caliber first half as well as one of the best extended stretches in franchise history.

 

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  1. joe of bel air Says:

    Luke, I for one was totally against bringing back Reimold and Roberts when they did. Neither has played much baseball in the past 18 months. The Os send each on a rehab assignment Roberts for 2 or 3 games and Reimold a little longer and then both get activated and inserted in the lineup. These next few weeks will be like spring training for them. I thought each could be sent up to 30 days on a rehab assignment. What was the rush to bring each one back and inserting them in the lineup during a pennant race. I know you will think I am crazy but I would have had no problem if the Orioles DFA both of them. The Orioles had a good team chemistry going before these two were activated. Maybe the current losing streak has something to do with team chemistry. Besides let’s be honest, I will be surprised if Roberts (because of free agency, age and injury) and Reimold (injury and lack of production) are with the Orioles next year so why not DFA them and if someone claims them so be it. If not keep them in Norfolk until they show they can be productive.

    (L.J. – I’ll agree that Roberts could have played a few more rehab games, but I just don’t buy into the notion that they disrupt team chemistry. Winning and success breeds chemistry, not the other way around. This team isn’t hitting collectively because they’re in a slump, not because of the chemistry. If you truly believe Ryan Flaherty is a better option than Brian Roberts at this point in his career, that’s fine — I may ultimately agree with you in a couple more weeks — but it’s nearly impossible to draw that conclusion in nine games. As for Reimold, who exactly is a better option as the DH to forgo seeing for a few weeks if he can recapture what he was last April and before that? No one has produced from that spot all year. If you have tangible upgrades, fine, but it’s pointless to just DFA them if you don’t have better options. Again, this doesn’t mean I blindly send them out there for the rest of the season if they aren’t getting the job done, but Roberts has 28 at-bats and Reimold 14 since their respective returns. That’s just not enough evidence to draw conclusions when no one else sticks out as clearly better alternatives.)

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