On July 11th, Mets Ike Davis reintroduced Mets fans to the sight of his signature mammoth-style homeruns with his eleventh; he now has thirteen. In his last five games, the rookie first baseman is batting .368 (7-for-19) with 3 homers, 2 doubles, and 6 runs batted in. In that span, he has also scored three runs. During a disappointing four-game series against the San Francisco Giants this past weekend, Davis has temporarily arisen as one of the Mets lone bright spots.
Heading into the All-Star Break, Davis was being held accountable for his propensity to strikeout. In 291 at-bats thus far this season, the 23-year-old Davis has racked up a total of 75 strikeouts, that’s almost one strike out for every four at-bats. In his defense, this is his rookie season. To combat that negative statistic, Davis has kept his on-base percentage in the high three-thirties and has amassed 32 base-on-balls.
The Mets have showed great patience this season with free-agent Jason Bay, veteran centerfielder Carlos Beltran, and the oft-injured Mets spark plug Jose Reyes. With those three players hampered by starts and stops this year, it may be the perfect time for the former Mets clean-up hitter, Ike Davis, to begin carrying his team on his back.