Ike Davis played his way off the Mets with long slumps and poor overall production, and now the Pirates are experiencing that same thing from the 27-year-old first baseman.
Davis got off to a nice start after being traded to Pittsburgh in mid-April, but before homering last night he was in the midst of a 0-for-20 slump that has dragged his batting average down to .252 and his slugging percentage down to .385.
Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports that manager Clint Hurdle is thinking about benching Davis, at least temporarily, in order to give Gaby Sanchez more action at first base. Sanchez is a .258 career hitter with a lifetime .757 OPS. In other words: The honeymoon is over.
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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.