For a few years now it seems like the only memorable thing going on in New York Mets land is David Wright. He is their franchise player and likely will be one of the best players in baseball for a while to come. He cannot win games by himself however as has been seen in the past few seasons. While the Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves contend for the division and the wild card, the Mets haven’t done much. What they have needed for a while is help for Wright. The young first baseman Ike Davis might finally be the next piece of the Mets offensive puzzle.
Before last year he was just a promising young player with lots of potential. Something happened last year. He went from promising to delivering at least partially on that potential. If you stop looking at his stats after the .227 batting average then you might not see what I am getting at. He also hit thirty-two homers and drove in ninety runs. Davis scored sixty-runs with an on base percentage of only .308. That would be a very respectable number if the on base percentage were higher.
Why is he the answer for the Mets? All he has to do is hit for a higher average and get on base more. That sounds daunting probably but he hit for a .264 average in his rookie season which was good enough to rank seventh among rookie of the year candidates. This year a healthy Davis could put all of the pieces together. If he does he could easily hit for .275 average and knock in over one-hundred runs. Homers will come obviously since he hit thirty-two with the low average. Even of the big flies go down a little he will still be the answer because every other stat will go up. Maybe this year is the first of a new push for the Mets.