Ike Davis is Back

By Rich MacLeod

I know, I know. The last time I asked the question “Is Ike Davis back?”, it came back to bite me in the rear end. Well this time it’s different because I’m not asking you, I’m telling you. New York Mets first baseman Ike Davis is back.

After a terrific rookie season and a torrid start to 2011 before his bizarre season-ending injury, many people believed that 2012 would be a big-time, breakout year for Ike Davis. After starting the season going 0-for-21, the struggles of this young power threat have been well publicized in the New York media. Throughout most of the first three months of the year, Ike was flailing at tough breaking pitches outside and in the dirt and in those rare occasions that he got a pitch to hit, more often than not he missed it. What’s wrong with him? Should the Mets send him to the Minors? What if he’s not a good player? These were some of the many questions that were being asked about the suddenly unintimidating first baseman.

I’ll admit, I was one of the people that said sending Ike down to AAA was the right (and only) move to make. But Terry Collins and Sandy Alderson stayed confident in their young star and it has paid dividends. In his last 15 games Ike Davis is batting .311 and has hit 3 HR, driven in 15 runs and has walked 12 times. While his batting average is still a hair under the Mendoza Line, it is clear that Ike is on his way back. Not only has he hit two huge home runs on this home stand (a grand slam in a scoreless game vs. Baltimore and a 3-run HR last night), he’s not offering at those curveballs in the dirt, he’s not complaining with umpires, he’s not out in front of balls and most importantly, he is not missing his pitches to hit. This guy is back, and the entire National League should be careful because Ike Davis is one of the biggest power bats in the league.

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