A look back at the hot start to Matt Davidson’s White Sox career … @SoxNerd style!
*He’s hot: After going 2-for-3 on Thursday, Davidson has emerged as one of the great hitters in White Sox history.
That is for players with at least six plate appearances!
As of this exact moment in time, Davidson’s .600 average (3-for-5) is the highest for any White Sox player with at least six plate appearances.
The DH followed up his 1-for-2 Sox debut in 2016 with his monster effort in Thursday’s 11-2 win over the Tigers at Guaranteed Rate Field. Davidson’s 2017 debut featured a triple and a 428-foot home run.
Davidson is tied with Stan Goletz for the Sox all-time lead in average for those players with at least five at bats. Goletz was 3-for-5 used exclusively as a pinch-hitter in September of 1941 for the White Sox.
Of course, one out tonight will send Davidson plummeting down the White Sox hitting charts.
Regardless of at bats, Davidson and Goletz are tied for 11th in Sox history in average. The top 10 are all 1.000 hitters with only Al Worthington (1960) going for 2-for-2. The rest — Matt Albers, Neal Cotts, Don Eddy, Gus Keriazakos, Billy Meyer, Cliff Politte, Phil Regan and Bob Rush — are all 1-for-1.
*Nerd trademark: Of course, the Nerd has fun with “high average” White Sox as the above picture from last season demonstrates.
One of my earliest ventures into these waters was when Dallas McPherson debuted with a pinch-single in the Sox 4-3 home win over the Angels on May 17, 2011.
*Happy anniversary! Davidson had his big game as a DH on the 44th anniversary of the birth DH.
On April 6, 1973, future White Sox Ron Blomberg inaugurated the DH era for the Yankees in Boston.
Today is the 44th anniversary of the Sox foray into the DH era. On this date in 1973, Mike Andrews served as the first DH in Sox history, going 1-for-3 (single) in a 3-1 win on Opening Day in Texas.
*More Matt: Davidson’s 1.600 slugging percentage is tops in Sox history for players with at least two at bats. … Davidson is tied for the American League with one triple. … Davidson’s White Sox career features one single, one triple, one home run, one walk and two strikeouts.
*Other bits: The Sox have won six of their last seven Game 2s of a season. … The last time the Sox scored more than 11 runs in a Game 2 was in a 12-4 win at Oakland in the nightcap of a scheduled Opening Day doubleheader. … The 11 runs were the most ever scored by the Sox in a second game of the season which was a home game.