Ike Davis had an absolutely brutal start to the season, hitting .167 with a .533 OPS and 59 strikeouts in 58 games through June 10.
When you’re that bad for that long to begin the year it’s almost impossible for your overall numbers to avoid looking ugly, but Davis has given it a helluva run.
Davis smacked his 26th homer yesterday and is now hitting .267 with 20 homers, 15 doubles, and a .906 OPS in 72 games since June 11. During that time his .573 slugging percentage ranks fifth in the National League and Ryan Braun and Jason Kubel are the only NL hitters with more homers.
His season totals still aren’t pretty, with a .224 batting average, .299 on-base percentage, .451 slugging percentage, and .750 OPS, but Davis’ performance over the past two-and-a-half months is very impressive and pretty damn remarkable considering how awful he was for the first two-and-a-half months.
Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw entered Wednesday night’s start against the Marlins without having issued a walk in his previous three starts. In fact, his last walk came on April 3 when he issued a free pass to Paul Goldschmidt with the bases empty and two outs in the bottom of the first inning. All told, Kershaw was on a streak of 26 walk-less innings before he took the mound at home to take on the Marlins.
Kershaw started off Wednesday in character, striking out the side in the first inning. He issued a walk in a tough second inning, but escaped without allowing a run. Kershaw walked two more in the third and again danced out of danger. In the fourth, Kershaw walked Lewis Brinson to load the bases with no outs and — you guessed it — didn’t end up allowing a run. His errant control finally came back to bite him in the fifth when Kershaw issued back-to-back two-out walks, then served up a three-run home run to Miguel Rojas down the left field line. His night was done when he completed the inning. Five innings, three runs, five hits, six walks, seven strikeouts, 112 pitches.
The six walks Kershaw issued over five innings marked his first six-walk outing since April 7, 2010 when he issued six free passes to the Pirates in 4 2/3 innings. The only other time he walked as many was on August 3, 2009 against the Brewers in a four-plus inning outing. Kershaw hasn’t even walked five batters in an outing recently — the last time was September 23, 2012 against the Reds.