Don’t look now, but Ike Davis is showing signs that he might be coming out of his season-long slump.
“That’s three days in a row that Ike has hit the ball hard,” Keith Hernandez said on Sunday.
Davis collected two hits and three RBIs in yesterday’s loss to the Marlins, including a mammoth 425 foot homer that saw him swing at full extension for the first time in a long while.
It was good to see him extend his arms like that and crush that pitch. We saw him do this a lot in the second half of last season.
Ike hasn’t struck out in his last two games which is also worth noting and his average, though still stifling, is up to .168. He’s definitely not out of the woods yet, but for the Mets this is a good sign.
In my May rankings, the Mets were ranked 29th in runs scored (88), batting average (.222), on-base percentage (.284), and on-base plus slugging percentage (.639). The best way to navigate through that would be for Ike Davis to start producing, and for it to have a positive carryover effect on the rest of the lineup.
He is 5-for-15 in his last four games and has lifted his average 20 points in his last ten games. Davis acknowledged his improved performance at the plate after the game yesterday. “I feel like, obviously, I’m having better at-bats,” he said. “I’m putting the ball in play more.”
The Mets hope he can put the ball in play a lot more including third baseman David Wright who knows that there’s no help on the way and everyone needs to start producing up to the level of their expectations.
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