Mets could extend Ike Davis

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New York Mets GM Sandy Alderson is interested in signing first baseman Ike Davis to a contract extension that covers all three of his arbitration years, according to MetsBlog’s Matthew Cerrone:

Sandy Alderson will consider signing Ike Davis to a contract that covers his three years of arbitration, the GM told the New York Post’s podcast yesterday.

“It has to fit for us. It has to fit for the player,” he explained. “So, in his case, and maybe one or two others, we keep an eye on it. Sometimes the player is not interested, sometimes the agent is not interested. It’s one of those things that has to work for both sides.”

The Mets and Davis agreed to a one-year, $3.125 million contract to avoid arbitration in January. Davis turns 26 in exactly one week and is trying to recapture the magic that helped him break out in his rookie season in 2010. That year, he hit .264 with a .351 on-base percentage. Despite hitting 32 home runs last year, it was a low average and OBP (.227, .308) that sunk his offensive value.

Dusty Baker expects Stephen Strasburg to make his next scheduled start

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Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg lasted only two innings in Sunday’s start against the Diamondbacks. The right-hander reportedly had trouble getting loose and it showed: he yielded a hit and three walks to the 10 batters he faced. According to Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post, Strasburg had “some nerve impingement that has been alleviated.”

Manager Dusty Baker expects Strasburg to make his next scheduled start on Saturday at home against the Rockies, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports. Strasburg was examined by doctors, who deemed him to be in good shape — enough to not warrant undergoing an MRI.

Through 20 starts, Strasburg owns a 3.25 ERA with a 141/37 K/BB ratio across 121 2/3 innings. Though the injury scare isn’t what the Nationals hoped for, he’s done well in the first year of his seven-year, $175 million contract extension.

John Lackey hit four White Sox batters today

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Cubs starter John Lackey didn’t have his best stuff on Tuesday afternoon at Wrigley Field against the White Sox. The right-hander hit four White Sox batters over the course of five innings. He yielded just two runs, though, on five hits and two walks with five strikeouts. He left with a 4-2 lead.

Lackey hit Jose Abreu with one out in the first inning, then hit Abreu again in the fifth. He then hit Matt Davidson and Yoan Moncada shortly thereafter. Chris Beck relieved Carlos Rodon for the White Sox in the bottom of the fifth and promptly hit Ian Happ with a fastball to lead off the frame. Home plate umpire Lance Barksdale issued warnings to both benches and the beanings stopped.

So, how often do pitchers hit four batters in a game? Not that often! The last to do it was the Reds’ Josh Smith on July 4, 2015 against the Brewers. Before that, it was the Nationals’ Livan Hernandez on July 20, 2005 against the Rockies. Lackey is only the ninth pitcher to hit four batters in a game since 2000 and the 26th since 1913. The only other Cubs pitcher to do it besides Lackey was Moe Drabowsky in 1957.