Ike Davis had a big night for Triple-A Las Vegas tonight as they beat the Fresno Grizzlies 2-0. Davis went 3-for-4 with a double and his seventh homerun since being demoted. He is now batting .293 in 74 at-bats with the 51s.
Original Post 7/3
John Harper of the New York Daily News published an article this morning discussing Ike Davis and the Mets’ need to figure out if he’s part of the future plan. Harper leans more toward yes, stating that:
“They need to find out if Davis can be counted on as part of their plan for next year and beyond. Certainly that’s more important than trying to squeeze a few more hits out of Josh Satin’s hot streak.
On the other hand, the Mets are playing their best baseball of the season, in part because Satin is delivering some big hits, and that can’t be dismissed as insignificant either for a young team trying to put an end to years of losing.”
I certainly understand where Harper is coming from. His point throughout the article seems to be that if the Mets want to continue moving forward and seeing progress like they’ve been seeing as of late, they need to make a decision sooner rather than later about whether or not Davis is a vital part of their long term plan. Numbers don’t lie: since Davis was demoted on June 10th, the Mets have been playing .545 baseball. While he was up? .397. Satin’s average since the call-up? .390. Davis’ average since the demotion? .268.
It’s hard to make a complete judgment on the issue right now, given the contrast of Satin’s success and Davis’ struggles in a relatively short time. The obvious choice for now is Satin.
Collins is on record saying that Ike is not coming up to be platooned, but even if Satin keeps hitting, it’s hard to think the Mets are going to keep Davis in Las Vegas for much longer. I need to see a little more of Satin to be sold, but he’s been very impressive lately to say the least. It’ll be interesting to see which side the organization leans, say, a few weeks from now.
Anyway, Harper’s article is a quick, interesting read and really gets the wheels spinning up there. Enjoy.