OAKLAND -- You'd think teams would have learned to stop pitching to Khris Davis by now.
All the A's slugger has done the last three years is lead Major League Baseball in home runs with 133. He's coming off a career-high 48 homers last season, and that also led baseball.
For some reason, teams keep giving Davis pitches to hit. He just keeps depositing them in the seats.
The 31-year-old belted his fourth home run of the young season in Sunday's 2-1 win over the Angels, tying him for the major league lead.
KD can't stop Khrushing 💪 pic.twitter.com/odOC1PqH92— A's on NBCS (@NBCSAthletics) March 31, 2019
"I hope they don't [stop pitching to him]," A's manager Bob Melvin said with a smile. "We do have some significant hitters behind him. (Matt Olson) is usually behind him, (Kendrys) Morales now."
Davis finished this weekend's series with three home runs in four games. His power display included a monstrous shot into the Coliseum's upper deck in Thursday's home opener, leaving even his own manager incredulous.
"I can't remember the last time I saw one go in the upper deck in left field," Melvin marveled. "He's been here for a few years, and I don't even think he's hit one up there. That's not an easy place to go."
Said Davis: "I don't usually even go [to left field], but it just happened. It was a good pitch, and I put a good swing on it."
Literally KHRUSHED 😯 pic.twitter.com/77g5SbnaLq— A's on NBCS (@NBCSAthletics) March 28, 2019
Davis' teammates admit they have almost become spoiled watching him wreak havoc on the rest of the league.
"It seems like he does it every day," pitcher Mike Fiers said.
"That's what he does," shortstop Marcus Semien added. "He's got power to all fields."
Yet through it all, Davis remains humble and motivated. After Thursday's mammoth home run, he was asked if he impressed himself.
"I don't know," he responded. "I try to impress myself."
Keep in mind, Davis is doing this despite missing the majority of spring training with a calf strain. Even though he's healthy now, it would take a normal hitter longer to regain his timing.
But Davis is no normal hitter.
"I feel healthy," he said. "I'm feeling good. I'm feeling more comfortable."
"A lot of guys don't know where to pitch him," Semien explained. "You try to pitch him up, you try to throw breaking balls, he's on that. It's good to watch him hit to all fields, but he's pulling homers now, too, which is great."
Great for the A's? Yes. For opposing pitchers? Not so much.