New York Mets First Baseman Ike Davis Could Replace Mark Teixeira in World Baseball Classic
New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira injured his wrist while hitting off a tee warming up for a World Baseball Classic exhibition against the Chicago White Sox. Teixeira will be out 8-10 weeks, and will not play at all in the tournament. This means that the team will have to find another American first baseman as a replacement. There are a lot of names being mentioned and one of them is New York Mets first baseman Ike Davis.
Ike Davis claims that he has not been contacted yet by anyone from America’s World Baseball Classic team, however, he might in the next day or two. Davis had a horrific start to his 2012 season, as he was one of the worst hitting everyday starters in the league. However, Davis’ second half was good enough for him to finish the season hitting .227/.308/.462 with 32 home runs and 90 runs batted in, which is great considering how bad he was at the beginning of the season. Davis is a key part of the Mets’ strong infield, which will have to carry the team’s below average outfield for New York to be even reasonably successful this season.
Teixeira is a better hitter and fielder than Davis; there is no argument there. However, Davis could be at least a serviceable replacement, with the team’s first game later this week. A few other possible replacements for Teixeira include Paul Konerko from the White Sox, Detriot Tigers’ slugger Prince Fielder and Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard.