Athletics DH Khris Davis launched home runs No. 39 and 40 on Sunday afternoon, helping his club take down the AL West-leading Rangers 5-2.
Davis hit his first home run in the fourth inning against starter Colby Lewis, halving the Rangers’ lead to 2-1. He went yard again in the eighth against reliever Keone Kela, boosting the Athletics’ lead to 5-3. With Sunday’s results in the books, Davis is hitting .254/.309/.533 with 40 home runs and 99 RBI.
Each stat, aside from his on-base percentage, is a career-high in his three full seasons. The A’s have been pilloried for some of their trades in recent years, but they did well pulling Davis from the Brewers, giving up minor leaguers Bowdien Derby and Jacob Nottingham.
Davis is the fourth player this season to 40 home runs. Eight other players have between 35 and 39 home runs, giving them a pretty good chance of reaching the 40-homer threshold. The game hasn’t seen double-digit 40-homer hitters in the same season since 2006 (11).
This is only tangentially related, but before MLB.com’s leaderboards updated, I noticed this coincidence: