Chris Davis Is In Even Rarer Home Run Company This Year

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Aug. 6, 2014

Dropped to seventh in the batting order versus Toronto Tuesday, Chris Davis launched his 18th home run of the season and finished the night with a .196 batting average. One season after recording the 27th 50-homer season in baseball history, Davis could become only the ninth major leaguer to hit 20 home runs while batting below the Mendoza Line.

Here are the others I found:

Dan Uggla: .179 with 22 home runs for the Atlanta Braves in 2013.

J.P. Arencibia: .194 with 21 home runs for Toronto in 2013.

Carlos Pena: .196 with 28 home runs for the Tampa Bay Rays in 2010.

Mark Reynolds: .198 with 32 home runs for Arizona in 2010.

Mark McGwire: .187 with 29 home runs for St. Louis in 2001.

Ruben Rivera: .195 with 23 home runs for San Diego in 1999.

Rob Deer: .179 with 25 home runs for the Detroit Tigers in 1991.

Willie Kirkland: .200 with 21 home runs for Cleveland in 1962.

Mark McGwire had four seasons with 50 or more home runs and narrowly avoided the sub-.200 with 20 homers club for a second time. McGwire batted .201 with 22 home runs for Oakland in 1991 when Rob Deer joined the group.

For the Orioles, Gus Triandos is a reference point for Davis. Triandos batted .216 with 25 homers in 1959.

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