As the MLB season winds down, and the dogfights for playoff positions heat up, here is a look at some stars have disappointed in the Wins Above Replacement (WAR) category and whose teams have suffered for it.
Chris Davis, 1B/3B Baltimore Orioles
The O’s are in first place, but it has had little to do with “Crush” Davis. Yes, 26 home runs is nothing to sneeze at, but when it comes attached to a .196 batting average and .300 OBP it’s far less valuable.
In 2013 Davis appeared to have it all figured out. He swatted 54 home runs, and increased his fly ball rate and his HR/FB ratio. He struck out less than ever, and was more confident about swinging at pitches inside the strike zone. When he did swing at said pitches, they got hammered.
This year, he’s been a different man. He’s swinging less at pitches in the zone, and swinging far less in general. Even worse, he’s making less contact which emboldened pitchers to throw him more first-pitch strikes. All of this has combined with an unlucky .242 BABIP to make him arguably the most disappointing player in the sport this year.
He capped it off by earning a 25-game suspension for testing positive for amphetamines. What a crappy year. Continue reading