People tend to forget that Ike Davis has been recuperating all season from valley fever. That makes his accomplishment of hitting a career-high 30 home runs, including two in last nights Mets’ 6-2 win over the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates, all the more remarkable. Davis accou8nted for five of the Mets’ RBIs as well.
Ryan Braun was 2-4 with a run scored in the Milwaukee Brewers’ 12-2 loss at the hands of the host Washington Nationals. He’s still stuck on 29 stolen bases, but with nine games to go, you figure he’ll get to 30. His other major stats:
• 5th in NL in BA (.318)
• 1st in NL in HR (40)
• 1st in NL in RBI (108)
• 2nd in NL in R (101)
• 7th in NL in SB (29)
• 1st in NL in SLG (.600)
• 1st in NL in OPS (.993)
But don’t count on another MVP award. Just sayin’.
Ian Kinsler was 2-4 as the host Texas Rangers beat the Oakland A’5 5-4 with a run in the bottom of the ninth. Scott Feldman did not appear in the game. Texas leads the AL West by five games.
Kevin Youkilis doubled and singled in four at bats and also scored a run as the Chicago White Sox beat the visiting Cleveland Indians, 5-4. The Sox, who had lost five straight, lead the AL Central by just one game over the Detroit Tigers.
All other teams with JMLs had the night off, but it’s worth mentioning that the Boston Red Sox added Danny Valencia to their roster last week. He has 0ne hit in 10 at bats, but it was a two-run homer against the Baltimore Orioles in a 12-inning, 9-6 loss. He also struck out four times in that game in six at bats.
Valencia joins fellow MOTs Craig Breslow, Ryan Lavarnway, and Ryan Kalish