Khris Davis has had his name altered slightly to kHRis by teammate Danny Valencia after May homer outburst.
When Danny Valencia tweeted out a salute to Khris Davis after Davis’ three-homer game Tuesday that included a walkoff grand slam, he had a little fun with it.
Valencia made Davis’ first name all lower case, except for the HR. Or kHRis. It’s not BillyBall or the Bash Brothers, but it’s not bad and maybe good enough to wind up on a T-shirt.
Davis, who homered again Wednesday in the A’s 8-1 win over the Rangers, leads the Major Leagues with 10 May home runs. Nine of his dozen total homers have come in left field, making him the most prolific left fielder in the majors to this point.
And there are still 12 games left in the month.
“I’m sure other people have done it, but I never saw it before,’’ Valencia said of the spelling alteration. “I just made it up. He’s been hitting the ball out like nobody else.’’
Davis said he’d never seen his name printed out quite like that, but he liked it.
“That’s him swagging,’’ Davis said of Valencia. “That’s him being creative. He’s cool.’’
There has been lots of swagging going on with Davis and Valencia of late. Davis leads the Major Leagues with 10 May homers, including four in the last two days. Valencia was on the DL when the month started, but in the nine games since he’s been back, he’s averaging .455 while hitting six homers and driving in a dozen runs.
Much of that has been done against left-handed pitching, which is new for the A’s. A year ago, Oakland was 15-32 against left-handed starting pitchers. This year the A’s are 5-4. Three-quarters of the season remain, but that’s already a good turnaround.
Davis, who says “I’m very locked in,’’ likes having being packaged with Valencia in the middle of the lineup.
“It puts pressure on the defense,’’ he said. “We feed off each other, big time. There’s a lot of momentum there. We’re wearing pitchers down, taking bullets out of their arms. He’s an aggressive hitter, and he’s on a roll. He’s been doing a great job.’’
Valencia has been blown away by the upsurge in power from the middle of the lineup this month.
“KD has been amazing,’’ Valencia said. “And he’s been a lot of fun to watch. People don’t realize how difficult it is to do. We all know how hard this game is, and for him to do what he’s doing, it’s pretty special. And you can’t take it for granted, because you don’t see it too often.’’
On Sunday Valencia had three homers in a game against the Rays. Two days later, it was Davis’ turn to go deep three times.
“It’s pretty crazy how quickly they happened within each other,’’ Valencia said. “It’s been a lot of fun to be part of, and it’s been a lot of fun to watch.’’