It took a singular mixture of things for Chris Davis to break the MLB record for consecutive at-bats with no hit Monday. Not solely did Davis need to be in a historic funk, however the Orioles needed to be dangerous sufficient to persistently trot him out of their lineup.
Davis has now gone with no hit in his previous 49 at-bats, a stretch that dates to Sept. 14, 2018. He’s taking part in within the fourth yr of a seven-year, $161-million contract.
How does his futility examine with skids in different sports activities?
The remoted nature of baseball makes it tough to seek out a precise match. Not like different video games, the place the fixed motion of teammates and the ball attracts consideration away from anyone participant, a hitter like Davis is on his personal within the batter’s field.
Nonetheless, we did our greatest to seek out comparable examples.
NBA missed free-throw streak: Chris Dudley
It’s fairly straightforward to mix in whereas taking part in basketball until the fast-moving recreation stops and everybody watches a participant attempt to make an uncontested shot from 15 toes away. Followers know when somebody isn’t comfy in that place, resulting in brutal heckling in visiting arenas.
Typically there’s free hen on the road for followers — dialing up the noise tenfold — however usually it’s merely a ripe second for supporters to get on the case of a susceptible opponent.
For the entire horrible free-throw shooters in NBA historical past, none suffered droughts fairly like Chris Dudley, a middle who hung out on the Cavaliers, Nets, Path Blazers, Knicks and Suns within the 1990s and early 2000s.
A profession 45.eight p.c free-throw shooter, Dudley in 1990 missed 13 straight foul line makes an attempt, an NBA report that also stands. He completed the sport, which his Nets misplaced by 11, capturing 1-for-18 on the stripe.
In one other occasion, this one a yr earlier, Dudley managed to miss five free throws in a single trip to the line because of repeated lane violations.
In fact, these weren’t even probably the most notorious moments for the large man. Whereas a member of the Knicks, prime Shaquille O’Neal dunked throughout him, prompting him to stand up and hurl the ball at O’Neal.
It doesn’t get extra embarrassing than this.
Whereas it’s been tough for Chris Davis to be Chris Davis — contract however — in latest weeks, it by no means appeared significantly excellent for Chris Dudley to be Chris Dudley. No less than Davis had a 53-home run season and an All-Star look. Dudley averaged 3.9 factors per recreation in his profession.
NFL missed discipline aim streak: Roger LeClerc, Paul Hornung
The NFL has only one facet of its recreation that comes near resembling the aggressive isolation of hitting: kicking discipline targets. Even then, the snap should be proper and blockers should present ample time to get off an try.
Two gamers in NFL historical past have gone 0-for-5 on discipline targets in a recreation, each within the 1960s: Roger LeClerc and Paul Hornung. Contemplating LeClerc additionally performed middle and linebacker (it was a special period) and Hornung additionally performed all around the offense, their kicking failures weren’t reflective of their general talent set.
A extra fashionable kicking skid got here in 2018, when Mason Crosby missed 4 straight discipline targets and an additional level within the Packers’ loss to the Lions. He rebounded, nevertheless, to drill 9 straight discipline targets within the ensuing weeks.
Whereas not precisely a streak, quarterback Nathan Peterman’s tendency to throw interceptions over the previous couple of seasons garnered loads of undesirable consideration. He continued to see the sphere as a result of the Payments had few different choices, and he threw seven picks to only one landing in 2018.
NHL and soccer: No true comparability
Soccer and hockey don’t actually characteristic constant moments of singular consideration on gamers not able to fulfilling their roles, significantly in regulation. If a participant isn’t nice at penalty kicks or penalty pictures, the closest factor to being alone with one’s ideas and on the middle of spectator focus in these sports activities, groups can merely select others for these tasks. Plus, penalty conditions don’t occur as usually as an at-bat in baseball or free throw in basketball.
A part of what makes baseball distinct is its particular person battle between a hitter and pitcher. These lovely however extremely easy mini-confrontations do not actually exist elsewhere, at the least in a approach that draws the complete focus of followers.
For Chris Davis, although, the game’s allure has now turned nightmarish, with little precedent to show to in different competitions.