It is quite obvious that New York Mets first baseman Ike Davis has not learned anything from his stint in the minor leagues this season, and should not be rewarded any further for this.
The man he has been platooning with, Josh Satin, does not have the upside Davis has, but is more consistent and is coming through in more clutch situations. Meanwhile, Davis is busy striking out with a runner on third base with less than two outs and popping out with the bases loaded.
While the Mets are still waiting for Ike to come around, he is batting a ghastly .190 with six home runs and 25 RBIs, while Satin is .302 with one home run and eight RBIs before today’s game. While Satin does not have the power that Ike has, he has just 86 at-bats compared to Davis’ 253 going into play on Saturday.
Right now, I believe Davis’ struggles are due to his batting stance and the way he holds the bat, as he brings the bat down and then up again before his swing for no apparent reason. That split-second is all it takes to screw up his swing, and supposedly he was sent down to the minors to work on it. Obviously, it went in one ear and out the other.
If Davis thinks he can continue to play like he has been playing and suffer no consequences because he is Ike Davis and had a great second half last year, he is sadly mistaken. The Mets need to make Satin the official starting first baseman for the rest of this season and then acquire a first baseman this offseason.
The only thing that can save Davis’ career at this point is himself and a change of scenery.