Is Ike Davis The Mets First Baseman Of The Future?
On Saturday night, Ike Davis equaled a franchise record and became the ninth player in team history to hit three home runs in a game. The feat was last accomplished by Carlos Beltran on May 12, 2011 at Colorado.
The Arizona native, has four home runs in his last two games and will attempt to tie the club record for home runs in three straight games set by Frank Thomas who hit six in that span between August 1-3 during the 1962 season. Davis now has 20 home runs, a new career high that topped his 19 home runs rookie season in 2010. His 20 home runs are the most in the majors by a first baseman.
Before the start of the Arizona series, I asked some of our writers the following question:
Is Ike Davis still the first baseman
of the future for the Mets?
Dan – Yes Ike still has the potential to be our first baseman of the future. He is still extremely young and has a ton of power to go along with a great glove. He had a first half sophomore slump, just look at a guy like Hosmer as an example of someone who is struggling in his second season. Hosmer’s numbers were ridiculous last season, but he’s been a shell of that this season. This just goes to show you that Ike is not the only one struggling to adjust to the book that is now out on them.
Joe S – I don’t see why he wouldn’t be although I’m still trying to understand the reasoning with allowing Ike to “work out” his problems at the major league level but sending Duda down who’s slump wasn’t even nearly as bad makes me wonder if the real elephant in the room was Jason Bay’s bloated contract and Alderson’s refusal to admit he needs to be cut.
Gregg – I’m going to get beat up here, but I don’t think Ike Davis is the future first baseman of the New York Mets. It’s great Ike can hit home runs, but its been 49 games since he’s had multiple hits at home! He’s a good defensive first baseman, but the mets need him to produce, and so far this season that hasn’t happened. Dare I say he’s yet another overrated, overvalued prospect that didn’t pan out?
Fonzie – Yes I do because of his stellar defense and ability to hit for power. His defense alone makes him worth having on this team and by looking into future seems Davis will hit over 20 home runs this year and I believe average will definitely increase next.
Robert P – At this point the jury is still out on that one. The first half off 2012 was terrible for Ike and really placed him in a point of no return. Next year will be very important for Ike. He will need to rebound for sure, but the Mets must also find a fifth hitter who can protect him in the lineup. Another .200 season is not an option for Davis, and even though hes probably not that perrenial all star we had holed for, I honestly expect that he’s better than what we’ve seen this year. Ike needs to learn from this, get better and come back ready to fight for the job.
Jessep – Man, I really don’t know. At this point, he has until mid-2013 to prove otherwise. But, I don’t care how many HR or RBI he has. You cannot play 1B, and make an out over 70% of the time. I’m sorry, the days of Dave Kingman being a value are long gone. It’s a different game, and the Mets need Ike Davis to be on a path to stardom. Otherwise, it’s time to look elsewhere.
Remember, the question was posed before his two-day, four-homer barrage. What are your thoughts, whatever happens the rest of this season, are you of the mindset that Ike davis is our first baseman for the rest of this decade?
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