For New York Mets first baseman Ike Davis, it’s happening again. Davis has had an absolutely horrible first week of the season, which has been eerily reminiscent of the struggles he had throughout the first half of last season. Through the first seven games of the season, Davis has just four hits for an average of .148, and just one extra-base hit.
It wasn’t supposed to be like this for Davis, who has had injuries and illnesses keep him down for the past two seasons, preventing him from breaking out as a star player.
During spring training, Davis looked like he was finally healthy and ready to breakout, hitting .327 and slugging .455. Although spring training statistics don’t mean much, it was a promising March for Davis and inspired hope that this would be his year; however, seven games into the season, much of that hope has dissipated.
Davis has looked lost at the plate since the regular season began. He has struck out 10 times, both by flailing at pitches and by watching pitches go by that he should have been jumping on. His struggles at the plate have even started to affect him in the field, as Davis, who has the talent to be a Gold Glove first baseman, made a bad error in the field during the Mets’ win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday.
Davis is entitled to have a few bad weeks, and right now that’s all it is: one bad week. But after a horrible first half last season, he has to be fearful that he’s repeating what happened to him last year. The Mets have managed to win five of their first seven games despite Davis’ struggles, but they can’t afford such an unproductive hitter in the cleanup spot much longer.
One bad week is acceptable, but if Davis’ slump goes on much longer, the Mets will have a real problem on their hands.