OAKLAND -- Khris Davis smiled and laughed in the clubhouse as he tossed two tennis balls to closer Blake Treinen before Sunday's 4-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.
It was the same infectious smile the A's slugger displayed during Oakland's home-opening win against the Los Angeles Angels on March 28, a victory in which Davis homered in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Following the game, he was asked by a member of the media if he'd been impressing himself, Davis laughed and said he tries to. Fast forward to Sunday and he said he was definitely not in that same mind frame, but laughed when asked if he was impressing himself.
He wasn't, he said as he smirked.
"I'm just working through this tough time I’m going through right now, but I’m trying to not put too much pressure on myself -- and not try to impress myself, just be a good teammate and help win ballgames," Davis told NBC Sports California.
And he's doing just that.
"Our record's pretty good," Davis said on the A's performance as of late. "How many games are we over .500? Like 15? The team's shaping out really good, we’re getting great pitching and we’re winning some late ballgames."
Davis also complimented Matt Olson's performance at the plate and Ramón Laureano, who he said was hitting well before he landed on the injured list with a stress reaction in his right shin.
And as far as pitching goes, Davis said Mike Fiers really has impressed him.
"Fiers has put us on his back and has been pitching really well," Davis said. "I think we took a big hit with Frankie Montas getting suspended, but he’s [Fiers] really picked it up on the pitching since then. Liam [Hendriks] has been pitching great -- not lately -- had some tough outings, but he’s stepped it up quite a bit."
In his last 10 games, Davis is slashing .200/.268/.280 with 10 hits and just one home run.
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And somehow, after saying he was going through this onerous time, he remained smiling.
He said in order to fix how he's feeling, he just needs to go out there and have some fun. And the way he got his teammates to laugh with him by simply using a tennis ball or two, it didn't appear it would be too difficult to accomplish.