Ike Davis has already overcome a lot in his brief major league career, beginning with an injured ankle that forced him to miss most of last year and a bout of Valley Fever which sapped his strength this season.
However, after a dismal start that had some clamoring for him to be sent to the minor leagues Davis has rebounded to hit 26 homers with 77 RBI. Thirty could happen but it would take a monster finish to have 100 RBI.
Terry Collins believes not sending him down was a display of confidence by the organization and Davis has reacted.
“I think Ike has responded to the patience the organization had in him at the very start,” Collins said last week. “We all knew he had power. We all know he is a good defender.
“He’s had a very good second half — his power numbers speak for themselves. We need to look at how to get him off to a better start next year so those numbers improve.”
There are several steps in the development of a young player, and for a left-handed hitter, improving against left-handed pitching is a must. I would think Collins would give him as many at-bats as possible against lefties.
Hopefully soon, this will become a non-issue.