With Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder now in staking their claims in the American League, NBC Sports’ Matthew Poulliot lists Ike Davis as the second best first baseman in the National League in today’s Hardball Talk column.
He projects their 2012 OPS and ranks the Top 5 as follows:
- Reds: Joey Votto – .990
- Mets: Ike Davis – .864
- Cardinals: Lance Berkman: .860
- Phillies: Ryan Howard – .850
- Braves: Freddie Freeman – .823
Who are we to argue!?
Bill James projects Davis to hit .288 with 25 home runs and 80 RBI in 141 games in 2012. But I’m thinking those numbers are rather conservative. As I’ve written here before, I believe Ike Davis is going to burst out of the gate like gangbusters this year.
A .295/.375/.500 season with 35 home runs and 110 RBI is in the cards for Ike who I see as the future face of this franchise.