As an update to the Ike Davis and 2012 fatigue discussion from Wednesday, here is an update from Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, who spoke to Ike Davis today at Port St. Lucie:
Ike Davis publicly portrayed his diagnosis of valley fever last February as a non-issue, insisting it was giving him no problems and was a latent case at worst.
In reality, Davis confessed Friday, he would retreat home after Mets workouts last spring training and retire to his couch because of exhaustion.
He feels far more energy now, he added.
“I had to limit a lot of things last year as far as workload,” Davis said. “I didn’t have a beer all of spring training last year. I went home and laid on the couch. And I usually fish for another six hours every day after Mets workouts. I didn’t say anything to anybody, besides maybe the trainers.”
I’m expecting great things from Ike Davis this season.
You know, the more I think about it, even when Davis got into that great groove in the second half last season and led the National League in home runs, slugging and total bases, he never looked like the Ike Davis we saw at the start of the 2011 season.
I’m totally psyched to see what Davis will do when he’s 100% healthy as he says he is. Like I said, great things…
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“As a guy who likes to drive in runners, I would love Michael Bourn to be on the bases when I’m hitting,” Davis said. “We’re going to see more fastballs if he was on the team. He’s definitely going to help out the second-hole hitter, David [Wright], me, in every aspect of the game. Yeah, it’d be great. He’s also an amazingly good defender out in centerfield. You always can wish, but you never know what’s going to happen.”
The Mets cleanup hitter was also a guest of Mike Francesa on WFAN yesterday, where he had some interesting things to say about a variety of topics.
Davis said he’s looking forward to the upcoming season after a trying year in 2012. He admitted that the Valley Fever took a big toll on him, but also said he lost a lot of mobility while trying to recover from the ankle injury. The good news is that he feels great and says he is 100% recovered. “I’m hopping around and jumping rope again, ” Davis told Francesa. “I’m so excited to have a lot of my athletic ability back.”
When asked to expand on his first half struggles and how he narrowly missed being sent to the minors, Davis felt fortunate that the Mets stuck with him and that their confidence helped him turn it around and regain his power stroke. “I was definitely a little lost and I didn’t know what I was doing wrong, Davis said. “I was trying different stances, trying new things, and doing everything I could — and then finally I felt like myself again.”
Davis is focused on improving his batting average this season and even drawing more walks, which he believes will make him a consistent 30 home run hitter and 100 RBI bat – two benchmarks that are very important to him.
The Mets first baseman is very excited about the direction of the team and doesn’t believe the Mets are as far away as some have said. “I think we’re really close, especially with all the young pitching coming up,” he said.
“I have faith in Sandy [Alderson] and I think he’s doing a great job. I think we have a pretty good squad. Last year we showed what we could do when our pitching is healthy.”
I often wonder how much further along Ike Davis would be today if not for that freak ankle injury that wiped out a season and half of his young career.
In 2011, the lefty slugger was batting .302/.383/.543 with a 155 OPS+ and 1.2 WAR in just 36 games before being sidelined. I can’t wait to see what Davis can do with two productive halves this season.