Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
Ike Davis is 4-for-23 with runners in scoring position this season. Overall, He is batting .174 with 4 HR and 7 RBI.
“I’m on pace to do in home runs what I did last year, and eventually I’ll be a better actual hitter instead of just hitting the occasional home run,” Davis said yesterday, according to Andy Martino of the Daily News.
Last year at this time he has batting .132 with 3 HR and 7 RBI. He ended the season with 32 HR and 90 RBI. He’s on pace to hit 30 HR this season, despite his weak batting average.
He picked up the pace in June last season, at about the same time that the rest of his lineup went cold.
“I don’t like letting the team down a lot like I have,’’ Davis said at his locker yesterday, according to the New York Post. “I guarantee that one of these next couple of months that I am actually going to help the team win a lot of games.”
I believe him. I guess I’m swayed by what he did last year in the second half, and I’ve come to accept this level of inconsistency from living with Mark Teixiera on so many of my fantasy baseball teams, but I’m just not that worried. Again, as I said yesterday, he’s still playing well in the field; he’s still hitting for some power; yes, he’s getting fooled on the outside of the plate, but he’s starting to make better contact (see the last two games); and I just trust that in a few weeks it will start to click again… just like last year.
Or, I’m a fool. Maybe last year was a fluke. I don’t know. But, in 1,400 career at bats, he’s always hit home runs in around 4% of his plate appearances, and he’s doing that again this season.
The Mets need power. They said so over and over again all winter. So, until they acquire a player who brings more pop — which may or may not make Ike expendable — I just can’t see them sending down a potential Gold Glove winner with 30 home run potential so early in the season… even if he’s hitting just .174 right now.