Postseason Khris Davis is something else.
The A’s designated hitter continues to be hot at the plate in the playoffs. He hit a two-run home run against Houston Astros pitcher Lance McCullers on Monday -- and it did some damage … literally.
The home run, measured at 103.8 mph exit velocity, took out a cardboard cutout at Dodger Stadium in Game 1 of the AL Division Series upon landing:
Davis continues his hot start at the plate during the playoffs, with his second home run in three games played.
A’s manager Bob Melvin said he always is happy to pencil Davis into the lineup card and said it makes his job easier -- and not just with how the 32-year-old has been at the plate.
Melvin admitted there’s a “human element” to having KD in and out of the lineup. After Davis' 2020 season of full struggles, and last year dealing with an oblique injury, having him involved in the action is imperative.
“It’s nice to have KD in there,” Melvin said on Thursday. “It’s nice he’s showing up really well right now, it’s a relief to put him in there -- it’s hard not to put him in there, it bothers me when I can’t put him in there. I have a great relationship with him and I love the man, so the days he’s not in there are really hard.”