Andy Martino of the New York Daily News was hanging out in Las Vegas and talked to Ike Davis and Wally Backman about Davis' attitude. Guess what? Wally wants to make a tweak to Davis' swing mechanics:
“What we’re trying to -- collectively as a staff, coming down from (Mets hitting coach Dave) Hudgens, all the way down...we took his hitch,” Backman said. “You’re not going to see this big old hitch no more. We changed his hand position, and that’s the only thing we changed, so his hands can only go in one direction, and that’s up to a firing position.”- At ESPN, Mark Simon has the heat maps for Ike Davis' slugging percentage comparing last year to this year. They are alarming. Simon's blunt conclusion, "In short, Davis is a man in need of hitting help in every possible way."
- At Fangraphs, Jeff Sullivan looks at Davis' level of offensive production (on the high end for an NL pitching staff), at similar players who have suffered a collapse at the same age (hint: Davis is doing something historical) and the chances that Davis returns to something useful.
But what’s clear is that, in some way, Davis is broken. It’s unlikely that this would be a step on Davis’ path toward becoming an elite, franchise first baseman. The good news is that there can still be good news.... Historically, players have bounced back from dreadful seasons, and Davis has already bounced back from a partial dreadful season, and Davis is his own man so history means only so much anyway. It’s important that Davis has been bad, but it’s perhaps equally important that Davis has been good, for years. In the big picture, Davis does still have a 107 career wRC+, and that can’t be forgotten on account of a couple terrible months.- Bob Klapisch in the Record has a column in which he suggests that working with Ike Davis will be important for Wally Backman, and could have "greater ramifications. If Wally has something in his ’80s arsenal that would allow him to succeed where Collins, Alderson and everyone else at Citi Field have failed, it would cement the notion that Backman’s time has come." This is silly stuff.