In Monday’s 7-2 win over the Phillies, Ike Davis went 1-for-5 with a run scored.
Davis also made an error on a ground ball and made a poor throw to first base, although the throw wasn’t ruled an error.
“They’ll start making some mistakes and I’ll start hitting some homers,” Davis recently told Newsday. “ At least I know that I’ll be all right. Last year, I didn’t.”
Davis is just 4-for-27 with a home run and two RBI with four walks and ten strikeouts over the first seven games of the season.
Michael Baron, ContributorOffensively, Ike has had an inconsistent approach. He’s swinging at the first pitch a lot, and I wonder if he’s attempting to avoid breaking ball counts in doing so. He is also standing pretty far away from the plate, sacrificing the outer part of the strike zone in the process. Generally, he appears to be late on a lot of pitches, almost as if he’s having trouble identifying pitches out of the hand. The end result has resulted in ten strikeouts in 31 plate appearances, and not much production in between. Normally, I would attribute these struggles to a bad week, especially since he looked good swinging the bat during Spring Training, and he says he is completely healthy and strong. But, he has the shroud of last year’s horrific first half hanging over him, and I wonder if he is feeling added pressure to prove that was a fluke. I will reserve my own concerns until this becomes prolonged, but the discussion won’t end until Ike breaks out of this slump in a big way.
In regards to Ike’s defense, I think he’s been fine. He had a bad game in the field yesterday and his defense seemed to slip a little last season, but he is an excellent defensive first baseman overall. In the first week alone, he has scooped several low throws out of the dirt which would have otherwise resulted in throwing errors and extra outs — that ability has an underrated value, especially when there is a huge drop off behind him at the position.