In last night’s 7-1 win over the Nationals, Ike Davis struck out in his first two at-bats but hit a solo home run in the sixth inning and a two-run home run in the eighth inning.
“Strasburg made me look foolish in the first two at-bats,” Davis explained. “I’m trying to get closer to the plate because consistently, they’re throwing it away. I don’t want to get too close. … I had to make an adjustment by getting closer. It’s not the reason I hit two home runs, but it definitely gives me a chance to cover away a little better.”
The home runs were the second and third of the season and it was his sixth multi-home run game of his career.
“Hopefully I see some more fastballs so I can drive them and hit home runs,” Davis explained.
Before his sixth inning home run, Davis was 7-for-50 with seven walks and 15 strikeouts.
“I’ve always been kind of a slow starter,” Davis said. The last few years have been extreme. The thing is to not worry about it. I need to get better, and I will. The numbers will be there at the end.”
Michael Baron, ContributorIke was still standing pretty far away from the plate in his final two at-bats, but he made a clear adjustment with the placement of his hands in the 6th inning:
As you can see, his hands are higher beginning in the sixth inning, and he appeared to be less busy with his home run swings, resulting in a quicker bat through the zone and no lunging either.
Whatever the adjustment was, It was a relief to see Ike bust out the way he did last night. His start to this season has become eerily similar to his start last season. Both he and Terry Collins attribute this to Ike simply being a slow starter, but that doesn’t make the slump and ineffectiveness ok. At-bats in April count just as much as at-bats in September. I know Ike’s not going to be successful all the time, and he’s going to go through peaks and valleys just like every other hitter in baseball. Hopefully, he figures out how to limit these deep slumps going forward by making these adjustments quicker – the Mets need his power in the middle of the lineup. Hopefully, this adjustment sticks, Ike can get himself back on track this season, and he can put the concerns about his game to bed.