Any time you can put yourself among names like Mickey Mantle and Reggie Jackson, you know you have done something remarkable.
Oakland’s Khris Davis just crashed that party. He put himself smack dab in the middle of those two legendary Hall of Famers yesterday when he hit his tenth home run of the season against Texas. That is the second-most home runs any one player has ever hit against a single team in a season.
The top three are all against the Rangers in one way or another.
Reggie Jackson hit nine against Texas in 1974.
Mickey Mantle hit eleven against the Washington Senators in 1961. The Senators were so embarrassed, they moved to Texas eleven seasons later.
And, with two more home runs yesterday, Davis now has ten against the Rangers this season. With three games left to go in Oakland.
To say he feasts off Rangers pitching is an understatement. It’s like an all-you-can-eat buffet. Davis is hitting .370 against Texas, with ten of his forty home runs, and twenty-four of his ninety-nine RBIs against the Rangers.
Later this week the Rangers head to Oakland for their last regular-season road trip of the season. It might be wise to walk him.
Rangers starters have been very fluent with walks lately, so that shouldn’t be difficult.
Jhoulys Chacin (5-8, 5.43) vs. Martin Perez (10-10, 4.20)
Game time: 7:05
RANGERS MAGIC NUMBER: 5