Davis, a notorious Rangers killer in green and gold, did so to the tune of a .360 batting average and 1.021 OPS, with 32 homers and 80 RBIs all in a span of 331 plate appearances against Texas over his four years with the Athletics from 2016-2020.
Those numbers would be elite over a full season for any player, let alone just one instance of a batter who couldn’t face the Texas Rangers enough over the course of his career.
So naturally, when Jon Daniels and Chris Young reeled in Davis as the other salary dump figure in the Elvis Andrus-to-Oakland trade this past off-season, Texas Rangers fans should’ve been ecstatic at the fact that Davis would finally be doing the tormenting for them this time around.
Oh, he’s been tormenting, all right. Tormenting in a bad way, that is.
Khris Davis has been a disaster for the Texas Rangers in 2021.
To say that 2021 has been a train-wreck for the 33-year-old would not be hyperbole. In 36 at-bats for the Rangers, Davis has a .167/.289/.539 slash line with 0 homers and just two RBIs on the year.
This season is looking somewhat like an extension of 2020 for Davis, who did struggle for the A’s during the truncated 60-game campaign with a .200/.303/.632 slash line, two home runs and 10 RBIs.
But we’ll even even take those poor numbers from 2020 compared to the even more dreadful 2021 production.
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Heck, we wouldn’t even mind if he wanted to hit .247 again!
Davis now plays mostly against left-handed pitching for the Texas Rangers in a match-up based setting. His splits against lefties look better on the surface but the sample size isn’t large enough to really give that any credibility.
Even more infuriating about the 33-year-old’s lack of production thus far is his supposed penchant for home runs has completely vanished as a Ranger. He has yet to hit one in a red, white and blue uniform.
He hasn’t had a problem going yard against the Texas Rangers in his career, though. Funny how things work sometimes.
Fortunately for Texas, Davis’ contract expires at the end of the season, and he’ll become a free agent. It doesn’t look like they’ll be able to ship him out any earlier with his uninspiring statistics in 2021.
Khris Davis is killing the Texas Rangers once again this season, but just not in the way any of us hoped he would.