It has been a pleasure to watch Ike Davis mature into an everyday first basemen and when he slammed 32 home runs last season New York Mets fans saw a glimpse of who could be a co-face of the franchise for years to come.
At the end of the day it’s still David Wright‘s team and rightfully so as the team signed him to a deal worth nearly $140M to play for the team until 2020. With Wright being a Met-for-life I can assure you he will be Davis’ biggest supporter as the first basemen enters his fourth MLB season.
Had Davis not gone down in 2012 with a bad left ankle injury we would be talking about him being one of the best firstbasemen in the National League. I have been a big supporter of Davis and he made me look really good with 90 RBI on a Mets team that underachieved with only 74 wins last season. Believe it or not 2012 was not even his best season as he posted a much better .264 batting average in his rookie season and clobbered 19 home runs and a career-high 138 hits.
In terms of expectations I think Davis can definitely be an All-Star in a National League that is looking for the next stud at first base.
Surely he will have to compete with Washington Nationals firstbasemen Adam Laroche who smashed 33 home runs last year while driving in 100 runs. In order for Davis to rival other potential all stars he must improve on his .227 batting average which was dead last amongst national league firstbasemen in 2012.