Khris Davis doesn’t exactly have a bull’s eye covering his No. 2, but it’s clear that he’s No. 1 as far as the A’s offense is concerned. Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin said the one constant in the Oakland lineup would be Davis, coming off a 42-homer, 102-RBI season, batting cleanup.
Davis put it another way.
“Oakland is certainly counting on me a lot,” Davis said. “I can feel it.”
Should the A’s feel that way?
“They should,” he said. Davis says he likes what he’s seen of the club during spring training and is optimistic that he can be part of a team that can make inroads on being competitive in 2017.
“It’s going to be a group effort, collectively,” he said. “I want to do what I can to help, and we all do. I like the attitude I see from this group.”
If Oakland is going to compete in the loaded American League West Division this season, Davis will have to continue mashing in the heart of the order while others around him need to step up along with a young pitching staff developing while they compete. Davis is off to a hot start so far hitting for a .345 batting average to go along with his four home runs and seven runs batted in.