Sunday, July 18, 2010

Is It Time For Ike Davis to Carry the Mets On His Back?

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.

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