Ike Davis continues to struggle – is it time to look elsewhere?

Michael Baron, Contributor

In Thursday’s 3-0 loss to the Marlins, Ike Davis stranded a total of five baserunners in his first two at-bats – he left two on with a strikeout in the first inning, and popped out with the bases loaded and two outs in the third inning. He finished the game 0-2 with two walks and the strikeout.

Ike Davis 1 polaroid“Both of them are frustrating because you want to get a big hit and I got a pitch to do it with and I just was late on it,” Davis said after the loss. “He made some good pitches and I couldn’t sit on his fastball because his curveball is good.”

Davis went 5-for-22 with eight walks in seven games during the team’s road trip, during which they went 3-5 against the Nationals and Marlins. He also committed a throwing error on a double play groundball on Wednesday, and struggled to turn a double play in a similar situation on Thursday.

“I’ve just got to try to stay patient, because when I start trying to do too much is when I have bad games,” Davis said.

Davis has hit .234 with one home run and nine RBI, with 16 walks and 19 strikeouts, in 64 at-bats since being promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas.

Meanwhile, a team insider recently told Andy Martino of the Daily News, “the ice under [Lucas Duda] was not as thin as the ice under Ike Davis.”

This is a repetitive topic, but it will not go away until there is a resolution to it, one way or another.

I appreciate the Mets granting Ike every opportunity to succeed, but it isn’t working out despite the hints of progress he’s shown. At this point, the Mets need to start evaluating other possibilities at first base, and determine whether or not it’s a need which will need to be addressed over the winter. It’s unfortunate, because Ike’s regression was unexpected — to this degree — and now that it’s impacting his entire game diminishes whatever value he had left.

I like Josh Satin — he has done some nice things, shows great plate discipline and pitch recognition — but he doesn’t have much power and I’m not convinced he could succeed over a long season. Duda can be an option to at least evaluate over the final eight weeks of the season, although he’s still rehabbing from a strained intercostal muscle, is struggling on his rehab assignment, and will undoubtedly be an inferior defender.

There’s been a lot of talk among the fans about affording Wilmer Flores a shot at first base. I keep hearing he will continue to be their primary second baseman, and is only filling in at first base since Ike, Satin, and Andrew Brown are here and not in Las Vegas. I suppose that plan can change in time — and maybe it should, considering the unexpected hole at the position – but for now he is not an option at the position.