Ike Davis Sets MLB Record While Excelling for Pittsburgh Pirates
It has only been three games, but Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman is fitting in nicely with his new team. In three contests, Davis has already been a difference maker, which led to him accomplishing a feat that no other player in Major League Baseball history has done.
Davis crushed a timely grand slam against the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night. The home run gave the Pirates a 6-5 win over their division rival. More importantly, it pushed them into third place in the National League Central division with a half-game lead over the Reds. The victory is nice, but Davis is the real story.
The 27-year-old set an MLB record by becoming the first player in Major League history to hit two grand slams for two different teams in the same month of April. On top of that, Davis also became just the third player in history to hit at least two grand slams against the same opponent in the same season. It was on April 5 when his four-run homer gave the New York Mets a win over Cincinnati.
Needless to say, the Pirates are confident they made the right decision to send Zack Thornton and an additional player to the Mets for Davis. Even though it’s still early, the slugger is already proving to be quite an asset.
The worry was that Pittsburgh would get the version of Davis that strikes out over a 100 times and fails to crack 50 RBI in a season. However, it’s clear that the 2014 version of Davis is clearly on a mission to prove his worth. Two grand slams in a span of two weeks is quite the statement. One has to wonder if all the trade talk in the offseason gave him the extra incentive to train harder.
As I said, it’s still early, but the Pirates have to be excited about all the possibilities that Davis brings to the table.