Ike Davis and Lucas Duda

Ike talks swing, plans for spring, competing with Duda

Terry Collins and Sandy Alderson have said Ike Davis will get twice as many at-bats this spring as he got last year.

Davis usually begins his offseason hitting in January. This year he started in November.

“Hopefully that will allow me to be a little farther advanced,” he told media in St. Lucie on Friday. “I looked at a lot of film and there were some things that I saw that I wanted to change.”

According to Davis, he was lifting his shoulder and dropping his hands during his swing last season, mostly due to how he pushed off of his back leg, which is something he plans to improve this spring.

Sandy Alderson said last month he expects Davis and Lucas Duda to compete for the starting first base job in camp (SNY, Jan. 30).

“It’s been a competition since we were drafted,” Davis said of competing with Duda. “It’s been a competition every single time you step on the field. It’s not like we can control anything. You’ve just got to go play and see what happens. I love Duda. He likes me. It’s just whatever, you know? You’ve just got to go play.”

In the event the Mets don’t want Davis or Duda on the Opening Day roster, both players can still be sent to Triple-A to start 2014 since they each have an option and would not need to pass through waivers (Rubin, Jan. 21).

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

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12 comments
cver
cver

Ike should have spent the winter with a sports shrink (hopefully he did) and Keith Hernandez.

Christopher Masiello
Christopher Masiello

"It’s been a competition every single time you step on the field"

Wow, it's like the Thrillah in Manilla or something.

sell
sell

"According to Davis, he was lifting his shoulder and dropping his hands during his swing last season, mostly due to how he pushed off of his back leg, which is something he plans to improve this spring."


Ike, you needed to study film to discover this?!  Your coaches didn't talk to you about this during games?  It is possible to make adjustments during the season, you know?  Keith mentioned Ike's atrocious hand/shoulder drops and unnecessary movement during every swing.

Darrell Smith
Darrell Smith

I would not be surprised , even if he has a good spring , to see him traded.

mets2891
mets2891

If there is any kind of miraculous chance that this team competes this year, Ike HAS TO be the starting first baseman.  It's a joke that Duda is still on this team and hopefully by the end of spring training this won't even be an issue.

Frank Garza
Frank Garza

Has anyone thrown a breaking ball to him yet?

hashburry
hashburry

If every player who slumps for extended periods, views some video, and has an epiphany, were right, everyone would hit 1.000.  My hands were down, my back leg was bent, my hips were over rotating.  All code for "I have no idea why I can't hit anymore".

Joseph DeFazio
Joseph DeFazio

Stoked about this competition between two mediocre players! 

Craig Gandolph
Craig Gandolph

Ike could very well hold the key to a successful mets season. Nothing like hearing "You Suck" every day for a year to get you to change your approach.

If Ike comes out red hot, what then? I would rather see it in Blue and Orange than some other jersey.

One more chance.

amazagain
amazagain

Would love to see Ike succeed. But when he's hitting .190 in May what do we do then? Hope is not a strategy- trade him now while you can offload much of his salary and go get Morales. Doesnt matter what we get for him. This is Big Pelf redux- almost dealt him, then didnt, and he blew his arm out in April and we ate $7.5mm.

Joe Hernandez
Joe Hernandez

hopefully he started his season a few months ago to get that slump out of the way.

sell
sell

@mets2891  Right, if Duda is our 1B, we will finish 4th place.  If Ike hits 30 HRs and has a 250/335/510, that's all we can ask from him to give us a chance and transform this lineup.