Pittsburgh Pirates: Mitch Keller's Personal Catcher & More Takeaways From Series Loss vs Twins

Recapping the Pirates' weekend series in the Twin Cities

Aug 20, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Ke'Bryan Hayes (13)
Aug 20, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Ke'Bryan Hayes (13) / Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports
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Henry Davis in a major slump

It did not take former no. 1 overall pick Henry Davis to make an impact when he was promoted to the majors in June. Davis was impressive early on, and this included him becoming the first player to ever hit two home run off of Shohei Ohtani in the same game when he accomplished the feat on July 21st.

However, for the better part of a month, Davis has been in a major slump. Really, this dates back to the day after his multi-home run game against Ohtani and the Angels. That slide continued into this weekend's series.

Davis started two of the three games in right field going 0-for-7 with three strikeouts. This included striking out to end the 7th inning on Friday when the Pirates had runners on the corners and were trailing just 3-1.

Since that 2 home run game in Anaheim Davis has been absolutely woeful. In 99 plate appearances dating back to July 22nd, he is hitting .125/.232/.205. To call that woeful would be a drastic understatement.

The current approach at the plate for Davis is not working. Especially his approach when he's behind in the count and against off-speed pitches. Something needs to change and ASAP with Davis. Unfortunately, there is little to no reason to believe hitting coach Andy Haines is capable of helping make those changes occur.

Which leads us to our next point...