Congratulations to New York Mets first baseman Ike Davis, who on Monday, September 24 logged perhaps the quietest 30-home run season in team history.
The Mets defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates, 6-2, on the strength of two Davis homers, a two-run shot in the fourth inning and a three-run bomb in the fifth for a career-best five RBIs. He is the first player to record a 30-HR season since the team moved to Citi Field in 2009. It's too bad many fans of the Mets tuned the team out long ago, when a once-promising season went down the drain.
Nevertheless, it's a significant accomplishment for Davis, whose season almost went down the drain in the first half -- more on that in a bit. It's also ironic, considering the rumors that surfaced a few days ago about the organization being unhappy with Davis' hard-partying ways. Those rumors later were squashed by manager Terry Collins, who has supported his first baseman all along.
''There's not a coach in that office, not the manager, the front office, that has ever brought up a problem with Ike Davis,'' Collins told the Associated Press. "I just want to make sure everybody understands - we're behind Ike Davis 100 percent."
It makes sense for Collins to stand behind Davis now. After all, the fiery skipper stood behind his smooth-fielding first baseman in June, refusing to send him to the minor leagues, even when he was batting as low as .160. However, by the All-Star break, Davis bumped his average up to .201 and had 12 homers and 49 RBIs. Since the All-Star break, Davis has been the team's most productive player. He has launched 18 home runs and knocked in 39 runs. Overall, it's not a bad season.
"He's hit 30 and he had a horrible first half," Collins told Mets.com. "I think as we sit down at the end of the year, you've got to look at Ike Davis and say he's legit."
I agree with Collins.
Adam Martini is a freelance sportswriter who grew up in Queens, N.Y. with a view of Shea Stadium from his bedroom window. He spent many nights in the upper deck at Shea rooting for the Mets. Adam follows back Mets fans on Twitter @PegCitySports.
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