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Ike Davis talks approach and knowing his role

Ike Davis has struck out just 12.5 percent of his plate appearances this season, compared to 23.9 percent career average.

Davis said he is no longer trying to hit a home run on every pitch. Instead, he only looks for pitches in the zone that he can square up on.

“I’m trying to use my hands better and see the ball longer,” he explained to MetsBlog’s Robert Brender this past weekend in Los Angeles. “I wanted to cut down on my strike outs and square up some more balls, and so far I’ve done it. I’m trying to be more relaxed, not so tense, free and easy, and not chasing stuff.”

Davis is batting .211 with a .375 OBP, one home run and three RBI in 24 plate appearances this season.





33 comments
Brian Webster
Brian Webster

His drop in strikeout percentage so far this season could also have to due partly with not facing LHP this season

Mike Dell Italia
Mike Dell Italia

Either way he's a 200 hitter hahaha get this guy outta here

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

Davis has 3 RBI despite a walk-off grandslam?

Impressive, even for Ike's standards!

rstpigeon
rstpigeon

It's progress but still a long climb. If he's not striking out as much but his average is still so low, he's not making good contact.Maybe he bottomed out and this is his resurgence. He's still catching up to Lucas Duda, who is also making an effort - his goal seems to be taking fewer pitches, and it shows.

Tom Gallagher
Tom Gallagher

It's a very small sample size, but that .375 OBP is encouraging.

Andrew Garber
Andrew Garber

lol .211 and his "approach" is being praised? wake me up when bloggers/media/fans stop caring about meaningless mediocre trash. 

rodd
rodd

stop having cat fights and lets relax and see the mets tonight

thjopr6986
thjopr6986

Grand slam is only 3rbi?

Yesterday's recap said tejada looked at strike three before wright/murphy was ejected. It was d'arnaud who was called out - not tejada.

Clean it up guys.

Jamie Funktual Freund
Jamie Funktual Freund

He hit a grand slam guys.  pretty sure it's impossible to only have 3 RBI's.  Unless they decided that Triple AAA players are deducted an RBI for every 3 games played in the Bigs.    

hashburry
hashburry

Wow, that's a telling stat.  Ks 12.5% of the time in 24 plate appearances.  I'm sure that large sample size is telling.  The fact that he is hitting .211 may be a bit more telling.  And he's stuck on the bench.  It only took him this long into his professional career to see that trying to hit a home run on every pitch and missing most of the time might not be a solid plan?  Why do these guys open their mouths?

James Illya Uko
James Illya Uko

Its not just his swing.   As keith hernandez pointed out, its also his step to the plate.  He starts it too early and goes away from the plate.  Thats why sliders are killing him.  When he first came up, he was more upright and actually went the other way.  Hes not changing his stance, and therefore will continue to struggle to hit consistently or convincingly.  

vipregan
vipregan

Just what everybody needs. Hitting advice from Ike Davis! *rolls eyes*

Bob
Bob

He has a grand slam but only 3 RBI on the season? That doesn't sound correct... 

ny12jets
ny12jets

Davis is hitting in bad luck.  He had a gram slam and they have taken away one of his RBI's.

Lets Go Mets!
Lets Go Mets!

Bottom of the 9th....Mets down...here comes Ike to pinch-hit....and into the stratosphere it goes!  The Mets win, the Mets win, They Win!!!


... And this just happened last week!  Imagine what Ike will do for a full season!

nncyel
nncyel

@Andrew Garber  Grow up. You've been whining/criticizing/ insulting on this blog all day. Any player who's made it to the major leagues is not "trash". They're talented enough and dedicated enough to have achieved something that most of us can only dream about. Some of us are accomplished in other fields - perhaps that's the case for you, but no human being deserves to be called "meaningless, mediocre trash" because they aren't meeting your expectations on the baseball field. Not only that, you wouldn't call Ike Davis that to his face. If you wouldn't say it to his face it has no place on a web blog either. Again, grow up.

@thjopr6986 We all know the t-h-r-e-e and the f-i-v-e keys are right next to each other, it's an easy typo. 

Michael Fichera
Michael Fichera

@hashburry  This jumped off the page for me also...really evaluating samples from a guy with so few at-bats this season.


What's the spin here? 

nolrog
nolrog

@hashburry Stop being logical.  You're going to make Cerrone's head explode.

hashburry
hashburry

@James Illya Uko  You're not a hitting instructor.  Just saying.  Stick to bashing Davis and leave the analysis to the professionals.

Alexander Scienski
Alexander Scienski

@Bob  I was just about to say that lol I was just checking to see if anyone else had noticed first

openmind6
openmind6

@Let Go Mets

Probably the same thing he did last season .

James Illya Uko
James Illya Uko

@hashburry  I got all that analysis from Keith Hernandez when they were analyzing him last year.  I also played baseball all the way up till high school.  I had the same issues (was taught to actually crowd the plate like how chase utley does to get better range and leverage on pitches).  Not saying im an expert, but i know what keith was talking about and understand the mechanics that are ailing.  Also, there were rumors that hudgens tried to help Ike change his stance, but Ike was stubborn, just as he was about going to the minors to fix his swing.  I prefer to have analytical, albeit exploratory and opinionated convos on the mets than just bash them

rodd
rodd

@Gals ❤ Mets! @Lets Go Mets!  there was a movie about a guy named ike, with joe e brown, does anyone remember it  about a baseball player, is it ozark ike?

James Illya Uko
James Illya Uko

@hashburry @James Illya Uko  LOL ill only bash the mets for not paying John Oleruds wife to shut up and not force her husband out west to seattle after the 1999 season...if he were here in 2000...let me now start