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.
Clayton Kershaw had nothing left to prove when he exited the mound during his last Cactus League start on Friday. He finished camp with a 0.00 ERA, made all the more impressive after he extended his scoreless streak to 21 1/3 innings following 6 2/3 frames of one-hit ball against the Royals.
In six spring training starts this year, the Dodgers southpaw racked up 12 hits, four walks and 23 strikeouts. His velocity appeared to fluctuate between the high-80s and low-90s from start to start, but manager Dave Roberts told reporters that he expects Kershaw to get back up to the 93 m.p.h. range next week. Kershaw is tabbed for his eighth consecutive Opening Day start on Thursday.
The 30-year-old lefty is poised to enter his 11th season with the club in 2018. He went 18-4 in 27 starts last year and turned in a 2.31 ERA, 1.5 BB/9 and 10.4 SO/9 over 175 innings. He suffered his fair share of bumps and bruises along the way, including a lower back strain that required a five-week stay on the disabled list.
The Dodgers will open their season against the Giants on Thursday, March 29 at 7:08 PM ET. Given the sudden rash of injuries that hit the Giants’ rotation earlier today, Kershaw’s Opening Day opponent has not yet been announced.