OAKLAND -- Khris Davis continues to make the Coliseum look small, and his teammates have followed suit.Davis belted his 42nd homer of the season in Tuesday's 6-3 loss to the Mariners, matching the career mark he set last year. More than half -- 26 -- have been recorded within the
OAKLAND -- Khris Davis continues to make the Coliseum look small, and his teammates have followed suit.
Davis belted his 42nd homer of the season in Tuesday's 6-3 loss to the Mariners, matching the career mark he set last year. More than half -- 26 -- have been recorded within the confines of the cavernous Coliseum, helping the A's set a record.
With Davis going deep, after Marcus Semien led off the first with a home run, the A's have amassed 128 homers at home this season, breaking the previous Coliseum record of 126 set in 2000.
Overall, they have 228 on the season, fifth most in the American League as the long-ball count continues to soar across baseball. Last year, they totaled just 169. The year before, 146.
"Our ballpark typically is one of the tougher ballparks, but our team's success this year has revolved around the home run," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "We need to find other ways to do it, but we do have any number of guys in our lineup that can hit the ball out of the ballpark, and it's been a strength of ours."
The rookie trio of Matt Olson (24), Chad Pinder (15) and Matt Chapman (13) have combined for 52 home runs in just 224 games, and Ryon Healy, enjoying his first full big league season, has 25 -- 14 of them hit at the Coliseum.
Davis is keeping good company these days.
"They really like him," Melvin said. "He's one of the more popular guys in the clubhouse, and certainly his body of work is something to watch and learn from. Hitting the ball to all fields, we have some guys with some power to all fields. One of the best pure power hitters in the league, and with guys like Healy and Olson, Chapman, Pinder, a lot can be learned from how he goes about his business."
"I feel like I'm starting to be one of the older guys," Davis said, "so the main thing is to just have fun, play relaxed, play the game the right way. That's what I try to focus on."
Davis isn't so much concerned about upping his career high in homer -- "Shoot, it would be nice, but it's not that big of a deal to me," he said -- as he is proud of being able to hit the same mark in back-to-back seasons.
Jimmie Foxx is the only other player in A's history with consecutive 40-homer seasons (1932-34).
"I think consistency is key," he said. "The main thing for me is making my good stretches last longer than the bad ones, so as long as I do that I'll be pretty happy with my ABs."
Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010.