Breaking Balls, Beware of Chris Davis

It’s no stat insight that Chris Davis is in the middle of a career season with the league lead in both home runs and SLG, as well as ranking second in RBI’s. However, what is interesting is how he has been able to do it this year. After crushing a 400-foot home run off of a slider on Friday night for his league-leading 16th homer, it became apparent that he has been loving the breaking ball.

Top v Breaking Ball

What was once Davis’ least favorite pitch has become his best this year. Last season, Davis had some trouble with the curve, hitting just .218 against all breaking pitches (sliders and curveballs) but is hitting .429 this year, third in the Majors. His seven homers off of breaking balls ties Robinson Cano for first in the league, while his .929 SLG is also good for third.

Davis v Breaking Ball

 
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