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After two games, it seems Chris Davis is trying to make too much happen too quickly

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With his suspension in the past, Davis needs to be more selective at the plate and not too eager to return to form.

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Chris Davis is still riding the ultimate baseball roller coaster.

Despite last season's struggles at the plate, Davis was still a key member of the Orioles' offensive attack for much of last season. The hulking lefty was faced with insurmountable expectations after a monstrous 53 HR, 138 RBI 2013 campaign, and it appeared that a combination of sub-par health and those same standards kept Davis from ever getting comfortable swinging the bat. Though, even what can be considered a "down year" for Davis, the man known as "Crush" still found the outfield bleachers 26 times in 127 games, adding 72 RBI's.

Numbers aside, Davis was still an integral member of a 96-win team. His role as a power threat blended well with underrated defense at first base, and as the O's entered the last month of the 2014 season, it seemed Davis would have a chance to erase what had been a frustrating regular season by starting over in October.

Then, the suspension happened.

Davis' illegal use of Adderall resulted in a 25-game ban that began Sept. 12, forcing the slugger to be sidelined for the remainder of Baltimore's regular season, and eventually, all of the Orioles' postseason games. For a team that was already without 3B Manny Machado and C Matt Wieters, losing Davis seemed like yet another deadly obstacle. Thoughthe Orioles did advance to the ALCS and came up just short of reaching the World Series, a lingering "what-if" clouded the O's locker room, with that same question pinned squarely on the back of Davis.

But that's what great about baseball. Another season, another 162 games to be played and a fresh therapeutic use exemption.

After serving the final game of his suspension on Opening Day, Davis returned to the Orioles' lineup on April 7, hoping to reassure his teammates and the city of Baltimore that he can indeed be the power threat the O's will lean on this 2015 season.

For "Crush", however, it won't come back all at once.

In seven at-bats in two games so far, Davis is 0-7 with 3 strikeouts, and it appears that he's a little too eager to regain the confidence of the Baltimore faithful.

Chris Davis 2015 At-Bats

Game 1
Situation: Top 1st, Jones on second, none out

Pitch 1: 94 MPH fastball (inner half), fouled off

Pitch 2: 93 MPH fastball (inner half), Ball

Pitch 3: 94 MPH fastball (middle), swung and missed

Pitch 4: 95 MPH fastball (middle down), ground out to 3B

At the very least, Davis should have moved Jonesy over to third base, but instead, true to form, Davis was looking to drive the out of the park. He would eventually be bailed out by a wild pitch that moved Jones to the third followed by a Manny Machado sacrifice fly, but in this instance, one of those ground balls to the right side of the infield would have sufficed.

Situation: Top 3rd, None on, no outs

Pitch 1: 94 MPH fastball (inner half), fouled off

Pitch 2: 93 MPH fastball (inner half), fouled off

Pitch 3: 94 MPH fastball (outer half), fouled into catcher's mitt for strike three

Davis looked completely overwhelmed by the fastball, while all three pitches were borderline strikes. To begin the inning, the ideal situation would have been to have Rays' starter Nathan Karns throw a few pitches, especially after giving up six runs in the first two innings. Instead, Davis opted to be aggressive early and often.

Situation: Top 6th, None on, no outs

Pitch 1: 93 MPH fastball (outside and away), ball

Pitch 2: Hit by pitch

Davis took an obvious ball away and off the plate for a ball before being hit by a fastball on his leg, so hey, why not raise that OBP?

Situation: Top 8th, None on, no outs

Pitch 1: 95 MPH fastball (outside and away), ball

Pitch 2: 94 MPH fastball (middle in), fouled off

Pitch 3: 95 MPH fastball (middle out), swing and miss

Pitch 4: 83 MPH slider (middle down), fouled off

Pitch 5: 94 MPH fastball (outside and away), ball

Pitch 6: 94 MPH fastball (outside and away), ball

Pitch 7: 95 MPH fastball (up and in), fouled off

Pitch 8: 95 MPH fastball (middle up), fouled off

Pitch 9: 95 MPH fastball (middle in), fly to RF

This was certainly Davis' best at-bat of the day, as he worked the count, found a pitch he could drive, but he didn't quite get enough of the baseball, flying out to Steven Souza on the warning track. The effect of Davis working the count, fouling off tough pitches and seeing eight fastballs from Jordan Walden gave him the chance to get the bat head out in front of him, even though it was still an out.

Game 2

Situation: None on, one out

Pitch 1: 90 MPH fastball (middle out), taken for a strike

Pitch 2: 91 MPH fastball (middle up), bunt attempt fouled off

Pitch 3: 84 MPH splitter (down and away), swing and a miss

Davis actually tried to bunt against the shift (something that he should try to do a few times this season), aiming towards third base, but he got under the pitch and the ball flew towards the O's dugout. Odorizzi struck Davis out on a perfectly located split-finger, but again, there didn't seem to be much of an approach from Davis.

Situation: None on, two outs

Pitch 1: 85 MPH splitter (down in the dirt), swing and a miss

Pitch 2: 85 MPH splitter (down in the dirt), ball

Pitch 3: 91 MPH fastball (middle down), taken for a strike

Pitch 4: 91 MPH fastball (outside), ball

Pitch 5: 86 MPH splitter (down and away), swing and a miss

Davis kicked off the at-bat with an ugly swing on a 58-foot splitter, which really set him up for failure. Odorizzi worked him all-around the plate before getting Davis to swing over the top of another split-finger. Davis will have to recognize that he will be toyed with down in the zone, and on this occasion, he couldn't lay off.

Situation: None on, two out

Pitch 1: 86 MPH fastball (outside middle) taken for a strike

Pitch 2: 86 MPH fastball (middle), taken for a strike

Pitch 3: 86 MPH fastball (outside up), fouled off

Pitch 4: 86 MPH fastball (outside up) fouled off

Pitch 5: 79 MPH slider (middle up), fly to CF

Davis, again, did nice job of working the count a bit and seeing more pitches, and it was reassuring to seem him stay back on a slider that was left up by Rays' reliever Jeff Beliveau. There's no coincidence that Davis looked his best over the course of his first two games when he was able to make the opposing pitchers work deeper into into counts.

Of course it's easy to over-analyze everyone and everything after only two games, but Chris Davis is one of the two or three most important offensive pieces for the O's this upcoming summer. A lot has to be attributed to nervousness and rust (though one would think the month of March would have knocked off the cobwebs), but the first seven at-bats of this year didn't look much different than the majority of his 525 plate appearances last season. It's also a foregone conclusion that as a free-swinging slugger, Davis will rack up his share of strikeouts and ugly swings, but that doesn't mean he still can't have quality at-bats and work opposing pitchers into his advantage.

The Orioles are hoping that Davis can come back and contribute somewhere in between his 2013 and 2014 seasons, but more importantly, "Crush" hopes he does as well. By being more selective and less prone to flailing at pitcher's pitches, he will be well on his way to once again being a dominant left-handed threat.

And maybe his roller coaster ride will finally smooth over to the finish line.