Ike Davis Is Batting .317 Since All Star Break, But…
Ike Davis seems to be coming around in recent weeks. Last night, Davis went 3-for-3 with a walk and since returning from his demotion to Triple-A Las Vrgas on July 5, he is hitting .269 (18-67) with 17 walks in 23 games with a .417 on-base percentage ranking him fifth in the National League.
Since the All Star break, the Mets first baseman has caught fire and is batting .317/.462/.512 in 41 at-bats over 15 games. During that span he has drawn 11 walks and he’s laying off pitches out of the zone that he chased a lot before his demotion.
While his power stroke isn’t where the team needs him to be yet, several parts of his game have shown improvement and he’s been making good strides. It should be noted that he’s been mostly on the bench against lefthanded starters, and that certainly plays a part in how good the numbers look right now, but maybe it’s also a validation of what I’ve said since April and that is that Davis is likely just a platoon player.
The power void is curious and will need to change for his sake and the Mets, He’s hit just one home run in his last 21 games and just six all season in 291 plate appearances, Last season at this time, he had 12 homers before going on a torrid power streak to end the season.
One last thing, Ike’s defense has taken a turn for the worse. His range isn’t what it was and there’s been far too many misplays and mental lapses.
I believe he remains a very strong non-tender candidate after this season.
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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