New York Mets' Ike Davis Can't Snap Out of Hitting Slump

By Jon Krouner
The Star-Ledger – USA Today Sports

Ike Davis had to be thrilled when the first game of a three-game set between the New York Mets and Atlanta Braves was suspended due to rain entering the ninth inning last night.

The 26-year-old Davis had gone 0-of-4 with four strikeouts and the prospect of another at-bat had to appear distasteful. Davis finds himself in a woeful season-long slump that a night of rain likely won’t wash away.

It’s gotten so bad that Davis is barely making contact at the plate. A sarcastic cheer went up among the sparse crowd at Citi Field when Davis fouled off a pitch in his third at-bat. Davis couldn’t hit a curveball if you told him it was coming.

Davis hit seventh in the batting order last night amidst a slump that left fans and analysts questioning when the Mets will send him to the minors to figure it out.

The numbers are downright embarrassing.

In his last 12 games, Davis has just one hit in 42 at-bats. In that same time frame, Davis has struck out 18 times, but walked just three times. Davis’ last two-hit game was over two weeks ago on May 10 against the Pittsburgh Pirates. His last home run? Try April 25.

For the season, Davis is hitting .143/.230/.238 with just four home runs and nine RBIs. The Mets are hoping — praying more likely — that Davis can turn it around as he did in the second half of last season when he hit 20 home runs and drove in 41 runs. But, Davis has given no indication that he’s close to a break out.

To make matters worse, Davis’ well-documented failures on offense have begun to spill over into the field as his 2013 season is turning into a nightmare.

The Mets need to send Davis down to the minor leagues and give a young player a chance to show that he deserves the job. Justin Turner has proven he can handle the position while Josh Satin and Zach Lutz present viable options out of Triple-A Las Vegas to replace Davis.

It’s time to send Davis to the minor leagues. Mets fans have seen enough — if they’re even watching at all.

Jon Krouner is the New York Giants writer for Follow him on Twitter @jkrouner  ”Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google+

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