The Ike Man Has Been Pure Chaos This Season
Ike Davis extended his career-high in home runs when he belted 25th homer of the season last night – a two run blast that soared deep into the Miami night and put the Mets up 3-0.
Davis now leads the National League with 18 home runs on the road.
His 25 home runs are the sixth-most in team history among Mets first basemen and just one behind Mo Vaughn who is fifth on the list with 26 home runs in 2002.
Davis has three home runs and six RBI in his last five games and is undoubtedly the hottest hitter on the team right now.
His turnaround from a slow start can be attributed to a change he made in his batting stance on July 24, the Star-Ledger reported, when on that date, Davis stopped using his normal front-leg kick and began to crouch at the plate.
This has enabled Davis to stay back on and see pitches longer, which has allowed him to drive both fastball and curveballs. Davis struggled initially with the change, but is hitting .287 with a .894 OPS in August with five home runs and 14 RBI in 87 at-bats. More importantly – he is now driving the ball to all fields.
Before the season started and right after he reported to Spring Training, Ike Davis referred to himself as being “Pure Chaos” at the plate, and I couldn’t think of two more appropriate words right now to describe his 2012 season.
It truly has been Pure Chaos for the Ike Man.
About the Author: Joe DeCaro
I'm a lifelong Mets fan who loves writing and talking about the Amazins' 24/7. From the Miracle in 1969 to the magic of 1986, and even the near misses in '73 and '00, I've experienced it all - the highs and the lows. I started Mets Merized Online in 2005 to feed my addiction. Follow me on Twitter @metsmerized.
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