Has Ike Davis Figured It Out?
Boy how things have changed. Earlier this week I wrote about how New York Mets first baseman Ike Davis had to be sent down to the minor leagues in order to figure things out. Well apparently I was wrong. Ironically, since I wrote that article on May 23rd, Davis has seemed to get the ship righted. Although he has not played much lately, in the first three games of the Mets four-game set with the San Diego Padres he is 3-for-5 with 5 RBI. In fact, in each of the last three games, Ike has come up with runners in scoring position late in games and has driven them in every time.
Every at-bat has looked better for Davis in the past couple of days. While he was still a bit in front when he delivered his first of the three RBI hits, he already looked more comfortable. His first two hits of the series were two-run singles up the middle. In my mind, yesterday’s at-bat was the most impressive when he hit and actually drove a ball into left-center field which he has not been doing all season. When Ike is hitting to all fields, that’s when you know he’s about to break out. It is clear that manager Terry Collins is seeing this as he has given him the start for today’s matinee finale.
While I would like to take credit for pushing Ike Davis with my article, I think the logical explanation is that ever since Terry Collins and GM Sandy Alderson announced that he would not be sent to the minors, he appeared to stop pressing at the plate. What Ike needs to do is just keep hitting and as he keeps hitting he’ll build up confidence. Confidence, while it may not sound like much, is a major factor in sports and especially in Major League Baseball. Hell, just look at Heath Bell. He’s got the stuff but no confidence in himself or his pitches. That said, it finally seems that Ike is ready to break out of this season-long slump. As Keith Hernandez always says, baseball is a humbling game. When you think you’ve finally got it all figured out, it’ll knock you right back on your butt.
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