This time one year ago there were articles written about how Ike Davis was going to be the big bat help that David Wright and the New York Mets badly needed. All Davis did was go out and flop the season in 2013, playing well below his own standards as he readily admits. To his credit Davis is not blaming anything or anyone for the downturn in his performance or his inconsistency.
What he says he needs to do is exactly what he does need to do. During Spring Training this year Davis needs to worry about nothing but his own play matching his expectations. There will be a battle for the most time starting at first base between he and Lucas Duda. Davis doesn’t need to worry about that and I doubt he is all that worried about it.
Though he is only going into his fifth MLB season Davis seems to have the emotional stability and correct mental attitude to approach a situation like this. Being that it is his fifth season in the majors, it isn’t all that shocking that he hasn’t been consistent as of yet. He’s still figuring out the type of hitter and player that he is.
It should be mentioned that when he was battling for a spot during 2010 spring training before his rookie season, he blew away all offensive stats on the way to a season that won him seventh place among all NL rookies that year. It could well be that coming off of a negative season and having to fight for any significant play time will be extremely good for him. Don’t be surprised if he has his best spring yet on the way to a nice rebound season.