Ike Davis had barely a full seasons worth of games under his belt before he missed almost all of last season with an ankle injury. For someone that inexperienced maybe it’s not surprising he got off to such a poor start. His second half has been amazin’ though, so it definitely gives you hope for next year.
Across the first third of the season Ike Davis was playing very badly. He’d had a hot streak to end April and a couple of good games in a row to end May, but they didn’t last long. On June 8th he finished the day batting .158. This would represent the low point for Ike Davis on the season, and perhaps in his entire career. If you recall this was during the time period that more and more of the fans and media were calling for Davis to be sent down to the minors. The Mets had given him a vote of confidence to stave off the endless questions about demoting him, but even that was starting to wear off.
Then he had a nine game hitting streak including six RBI against the Rays, two home runs, and seven walks. He did not have another multi-strikeout game again, something he’d been doing frequently, until a June 25th game against the Cubs in which he was fanned twice. However, he also homered in that game for the Mets only run.
Since the start of that streak on June 9th (through September first when I’m writing this), Ike Davis has been awesome. Specifically he’s been smashing the baseball as hard as anyone in the game. He’s hitting .270/.336/.573 in those 71 games. If he’d put up that slugging percentage for the entire year, he’d be 6th in all of baseball. Granted this is picking and choosing endpoints, but 71 games is nearly half a season and represents a sizable chunk of Davis’ major league career. He’s hit 20 home runs in those games, something that equates to 46 home runs over a full 162. You’d like to see him walk a bit more, especially since as teams catch on that he’s hitting the ball as well as any slugger in the game the pitchers are going to make further adjustments to avoid giving him hittable pitches. If he can lay off these pitches he’ll end up with more walks. Hopefully it doesn’t take him two months to re-adjust next time.