Today on WFAN, Ike Davis admitted, “I was pretty bad,” to start last season, so he understands why some fans and media felt he should have been sent to the minor leagues.
However, because he was rehabbing from ankle surgery last winter, he wasn’t able to run much and feels he lost a lot of athleticism in advance of Spring Training, which was further complicated by ‘stuff in his lung,’ and potential Valley Fever.
This is why he was totally out of rhythm for much of the first half of last season, he explained. Eventually, he got stronger and healthier, and was able to put together a better plan at the plate.
This winter he’s been training properly, the Valley Fever situation is behind him, and, he says, “I’m healthy, which is exciting, because I haven’t been this healthy in two years.”
Davis, 25, hit .201 with 12 HR and 49 RBI during the first half of last year. In the second half, he rebounded to lead the National League with 20 HR, 41 RBI and hit .255.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
I think this marks the official start of The Best Shape of His Life season, right? It’s early this year, but is still nice to hear.
Davis should be a 30 HR guy who, on the right team, can drive in around 100 runs. I don’t ever expect him to hit more than .270, but at around .250 with a .340 OBP, and those power numbers, he’ll still be among the best first baseman in the league… not to mention how well he plays first base.
I really look forward to seeing a full, healthy season from Davis, who should be on deck for his own contract extension next winter.