Ike Davis has been much better since his demotion

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Mets first baseman Ike Davis started off the 2013 season abysmally, carrying an OPS at exactly .500 through June 9. In an attempt to turn things around, the Mets demoted Davis to Triple-A Las Vegas. Under manager Wally Backman, Davis thrived, posting a 1.091 OPS in three weeks with the 51’s.

Davis came back on July 5 a much-improved hitter. The power has yet to return, but in 105 PA since returning, Davis has hit .300 with a .467 OBP. He has drawn 22 unintentional walks and struck out 22 times. Comparatively, prior to his demotion, he struck out 66 times and drew 17 unintentional walks in 207 PA prior to his demotion.

Davis went 1-for-2 with three walks in today’s game against the Diamondbacks.

Obviously, the one home run Davis has hit since returning is not quite what the Mets have hoped for, but it may come along eventually.

Justin Verlander earns 200th career win

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Astros starter Justin Verlander wasn’t his usual dominant self on Sunday against the Athletics, but he was good enough to get the win. In doing so, he earned the 200th win of his career, becoming the 117th member of the 200-win club.

Verlander went 5 1/3 innings, yielding four runs (all earned) on seven hits and a walk with six strikeouts. On the season, Verlander is now 12-8 with a 2.65 ERA and a 223/29 K/BB ratio in 169 2/3 innings. Sunday’s win helped the Astros stave off the surging A’s. The Astros now have a one-game lead in the AL West.

Only two active pitchers have more wins than Verlander: Bartolo Colon (247) and CC Sabathia (244). Zack Greinke will likely be the next member of the 200-win club as he currently has 184 to his name.