For the first time all season, New York Mets‘ first baseman Ike Davis went to bed last night with a batting average over .200. After going 2-for-2 with two walks against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Davis’ average went up to .203.
It’s taken quite a while, but Davis finally seems to be on the right track, or at least a better track than the one he was on the first two months of the season, and he no longer has to worry about the fact that he’s hitting below the dreaded Mendoza line.
In just nine games in the month of August, Davis is hitting .500, with nine hits and 11 walks. Despite a noticeable lack of power, Davis has finally turned things around after his demotion to the minors. His turn around is primarily due to three things: seeing the ball better, increased patience and increased confidence.
Davis is no longer pressing and hoping to break out of his slump in one swing. He’s no longer going outside the strike zone trying to make an impact, which has led to a lot of walks, because pitchers are still in fear of the power he’s showcased in the past. Pitches in the strike zone for Davis to hit have been rare as of late, and because they’re so rare and he’s still a little anxious, he continues to lunge at pitches, which is what is keeping him from hitting those balls out of the ballpark.
Davis has essentially become a singles and doubles hitter who walks a lot, which is just barely good enough to bat in the middle of the Mets order, and it’s been enough to remove the stigma of hitting on the interstate, but it’s still not what the Mets need from a guy they are still hoping will be a cornerstone of their franchise.
Getting his average over .200 is a big step in the right direction, but there are still a lot of steps left for him to take to become the player he should be and the player the Mets need him to be.