Chris Davis sat out the final two games of the Orioles’ series with the Boston Red Sox this week. Fans will therefore have to wait a bit longer to see if he can break another team record. Davis, whose 53 home runs in 2013 were the most in a season for an O’s player, is six games shy of tying the team record for most consecutive games with a strikeout.
Davis has struck out in 21 straight games between May 12 and his most recent appearance on June 11. That’s a half-dozen less than Steve Barber‘s 27 consecutive games with a strikeout between June 21, 1960, and June 23, 1961.
Barber, you may remember, was a pitcher who played for the Orioles prior to the American League’s introduction of the designated hitter in 1973. He averaged almost one strikeout while batting per game. Barber struck out 247 times in 253 games for the Orioles over the course of eight seasons starting in 1960.
Davis still has some work to do to catch Barber.