Davis delivering at great rate
Rangers rookie putting up impressive RBI numbers
ARLINGTON -- Chris Davis pushed into some interesting company when it comes to the number of RBIs he has racked up in just a half-season in the Major Leagues.Davis went into Friday night's game against the Angels with 49 RBIs in 72 games, with nine still to play before the end of the season. That ranks him eighth since 1903 for most RBIs by a rookie who played in 81 games or fewer in his first season in the Major Leagues. Cardinals catcher Gus Mancuso had 59 RBIs in 76 games in 1930, and infielder Chris Truby had 59 for the Astros in 2000. Davis has passed Rusty Greer, who had 46 RBIs in 80 games for the Rangers as a rookie in 1994. Overall since 1903, only 39 players -- rookies or not -- who were limited for some reason to playing 81 games or fewer had more RBIs than Davis.
Davis has 122 RBIs on the season, including 42 in 46 games for Double-A Frisco and 31 in 31 contests for Triple-A Oklahoma."That's what I want to be known for, a run producer," Davis said. "That's the nature of my job. Driving in runs is one of the most important things you do as a power hitter and a corner infielder. You can hit 25-30 home runs, and if you drive in 120 runs, that's a huge year. But if you hit 25-30 home runs and drive in only 80 runs, something's not all there." Davis' RBI totals could be even higher, but he's hitting just .244 with runners in scoring position, as opposed to .278 overall. "It's something I need to work on," Davis said. "When there are runners in scoring position, I think I put a little too much pressure on myself and chase after some pitches I shouldn't be swinging at. I'm not as relaxed. But that will come in time. It's like hitting with two strikes. I think I've done a decent job getting better as the season has gone along."
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.