Khris Davis

A's Khris Davis reveals adjustment that led to production at plate

A's Khris Davis reveals adjustment that led to production at plate

Whatever he’s doing appears to be working.

Khris Davis proved his recent adjustment at the plate is paying dividends, as he tallied his second multi-hit game of the season during the A’s 6-4 sweep over the Texas Rangers on Thursday.

Davis said the coaching staff and teammates are to thank for the recent surge -- particularly hitting coach Darren Bush, who first suggested an alteration with Davis' hands.

“Yeah, I just put my hands back and further up a little and it’s been helping me be more accurate to the ball,” Davis said after the game. “I’m finding less swings and misses and a little better contact.”

“It’s all pretty comfortable right away, usually when you have to make an adjustment and you feel it click, you just run with that and don’t look back so it’s brought some comfort in the box so I’m going to keep working with it,” Davis said.

Davis went 2-for-3 on Thursday, driving in two runs in the 4th inning to break the game open.

“I think it’s a positioning thing, just having them further back -- less room to go,” he added. “They’re just already ready to fire and it’s been working.”

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Davis wants to be the everyday designated hitter, but that hasn’t necessarily been the case with his lack of production. Mark Canha has been taking over the DH spot in some of the outings, but it’s something Davis is ready to earn back.

“It is what it is,” Davis said. “And, I just have to capitalize on my opportunities that I do get. It’s s--tty, but I’ve been here before, I’ve lost my job before a couple times and I’ve had to battle back and this is nothing new to me.”

It turns out the oblique injury Davis suffered last season when he ran into the wall in May ended up leaving a bigger mark than just on his skin. 

"I think when I got hurt, I had been getting set up in a different way,” Davis said. “My body just wasn’t adjusting to that injury and just when I put my hands further back it just freed things up.”

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Oh, and his teammates are helping him a lot too.  

“A lot of good teammates, they know what it’s like to go through a struggle and they just kept reminding me that I could hit all around, I don’t have to hit a home run or whatever, but they constantly say that I’m a good hitter, I’m [not just] a power hitter.”

A's takeaways: What you might have missed in 6-4 win vs. rival Rangers

A's takeaways: What you might have missed in 6-4 win vs. rival Rangers

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The A’s swept the Texas Rangers on Thursday, increasing their winning streak to six games with a 6-4 victory at the Coliseum.

Two-time All-Star Todd Frazier had his third straight 2-for-4 day at the plate, but the A's were even better on offense. Oakland scored six runs for the second straight game, and the A's built on the strong defense and bullpen performances we've seen over the past week.

Here’s what you might've missed in Thursday’s win.

‘Stache Olson

When Matt Olson arrived at media availability on Thursday, a couple of reporters didn’t recognize him. That’s mostly because of the brand-new mustache he’s sporting.

And it’s not going anywhere.

On Thursday, Olson crushed a ball into deep right center in the bottom of the second inning to put the A’s on the board.

Since the moment the facial hair sprouted, Olson has been on a tear. That began in Wednesday’s 6-4 win over the Rangers, when Olson had his eighth career game with two homers.

A’s manager Bob Melvin approves of it, Olson told reporters it wasn’t going anywhere and his teammates also respect the ‘stache.


Bullpen remains a chef’s kiss

I'm not sure how Yusmeiro Petit does it, but he managed to get himself in a pickle with the bases loaded in the top of the eighth. He got the two outs he needed, thanks to an Anderson Tejeda infield fly and then a Robinson Chirinos strikeout.

Only Petit can get out of such chaotic situations so calmly.

Petit and the rest of the A's bullpen had a 1.90 ERA heading into the game, and none of Oakland's relievers allowed any runs Thursday.

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Khris Davis’ power never left

Davis had a pretty solid outing at the plate Thursday, and his power certainly showed even though he didn't homer. The slugger went 2-for-3, and his lineout to shortstop had an exit velocity of 105.3 mph, That was hit harder than Olson’s homer in the second.

This was also Davis’ second multi-hit game of the season.

Melvin mentioned hitting coach Darren Bush was working with Davis on some adjustments with his hands after a slow start to the season. It appeared to be a timing issue, and it looks like Davis finally is figuring things out.

The power was always there, but it’s the production that has started to come back.

A's vs. Rangers live stream: How to watch MLB games online, on TV

A's vs. Rangers live stream: How to watch MLB games online, on TV

The A's return home ending their brief road trip to Seattle on a high note.

Oakland took three out of four from the Mariners, including an 11-1 rout on Monday where they were buoyed by an eight-run inning and Khris Davis' first home run of the season.

The A's (6-4) open a three-game set against the visiting Texas Rangers (3-5) on Tuesday, who are staying in the Bay Area after losing two out of three to the San Francisco Giants over the weekend.

Here's how you can watch the A's play the Rangers online (download the MyTeams app here!) and on TV:

Tuesday, Aug. 4

When: A's Pregame Live at 5:30 p.m. PT -- First pitch at 6:10 p.m. PT
TV: NBC Sports California
Stream: MyTeams app

Wednesday, Aug. 5

When: A's Pregame Live at 5:30 p.m. PT -- First pitch at 6:10 p.m. PT
TV: NBC Sports California
Stream: MyTeams app

Thursday, Aug. 6

When: A's Pregame Live at Noon PT -- First pitch at 12:40 p.m. PT
TV: NBC Sports California
Stream: MyTeams app