COMMENTARY | Welcome back, Ike Davis.
The New York Mets have recalled Davis from Triple-A Las Vegas, where he had been for almost a month following a disastrous first two months of the season.
In 55 games with the Mets, Davis hit just .161 with five home runs and 16 runs batted in. He also struck out 66 times in 186 at-bats. For Davis, it was worse than his first two months last season, when the Mets considered sending him down to the minors but instead decided to let him work out his issues with the big club. He eventually did, finishing the year with 32 homers and 90 RBIs.
This year, they had no choice. The Mets sent him down on June 9 after yet another loss to the Miami Marlins. With the team struggling, Davis proved to be an automatic out and the strikeouts became tough to watch.
With Las Vegas, he hit .293 with seven home runs and 13 RBIs in 21 games. It's the minor leagues, of course, but the hope is that Davis has found his stroke at the plate, and that his confidence has returned as well.
There's a lot riding on his return. First and foremost, Davis has a lot to prove. That goes without saying. There's also a lot at stake for the Mets. After all, prior to the start of the season, when the Mets' roster was full of question marks, Davis was considered the first baseman of the future. Now, there are questions about him, too.
Josh Satin, who remains with the team, did a nice job filling in for Davis, but he doesn't have the upside that Davis has. Satin hit .353 with one home run and seven RBIs in 51 at-bats. He could still see time at first base against left-handed pitchers.
The Mets are scheduled to face three righties in Milwaukee this weekend, which means Davis should get a chance right away to prove that he is a changed man at the plate.
Now that he's back in the big leagues, the Mets would be wise to play him every day. They need to find out, once and for all, what type of hitter he is. If it doesn't work out, if Davis slumps, then the Mets will have to decide what to do. But for now, he needs to play.
The good long look at Ike Davis should start tonight in Milwaukee.
Charles Costello has followed the Mets closely since the rookie years of Darryl Strawberry (1983) and Dwight Gooden (1984). He was a beat reporter assigned to cover the Mets during the 1997 and 1998 seasons.
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