The Pittsburgh Pirates have been looking for a left-handed hitting first baseman for some time now, and it seems as though they might have found one in Ike Davis.
In three games with the Bucs, Davis has gone 5-of-13 with two extra-base hits, including a mammoth grand slam to right field in the fourth inning of Monday night’s contest. Davis looks like he’ll benefit from Pittsburgh’s short porch in right field, which must seem like a little league field to Davis after batting at Citi Field for the past few seasons.
Davis’ shot put the Pirates up 4-2, but the Cincinnati Reds charged back, scoring one run in the seventh and two runs in the eighth to take a 5-4 lead. However, Andrew McCutchen tied the game up in the eighth with a home run of his own and Neil Walker won the game with a walk-off bloop single.
Last season, Pittsburgh depended on Garrett Jones and Gaby Sanchez to man first base, but the duo was extremely ineffective, forcing Neil Huntington to deal for Justin Morneau on the last day of August. Morneau played a solid first base, but added little power, which was a big reason why Huntington didn’t bring the veteran lefty back in the offseason.
Davis has been a streaky hitter his entire career, but Pittsburgh is hoping that platooning him with Sanchez will lead to more consistency. Davis is a career .257 hitter against right-handed pitching but hits just .201 against lefties.