In ten games so far in 2013, Ike Davis is hitting .128 with a .244 OBP and .450 OPS. He has one home run and two RBI with six walks and 12 strikeouts in 45 plate appearances.
I think both are concerns, Connor. Games in April count just as much as they do in September, and Ike will have to figure out how to come out of the gate better going forward.
The thing is, it's not so much about the final line, or the actual number of home runs Ike Davis hits. Ike does need to hit, and produce the way he's capable of producing. But it's more about how he contributes consistently towards winning baseball games, whether he does it with an opposite field single, a three-run home run, a walk, or even a scoop to save the tying run from scoring with two outs in the ninth inning. As long as the team is winning and Davis' teammates continue to pick him up, the Mets can afford to be patient with him as he works through this.
Now, Ike has had an inconsistent approach at the plate, often times swinging early in counts but then being forced into defensive at others. And, he's standing very far away from the plate, sacrificing the outer half in the process. He's just a mess offensively right now, very much like he was in the first half last season. He has yet to make the adjustments he made to turn around his 2012 season last June, but it's still very early -- they haven't even played 10 percent of their season yet.
I have faith Ike will bust out of this slump sooner rather than later. Why? He is completely healthy and in-shape this season, as opposed to last year when he acknowledges dealing with fatigue from a variety of problems. Of course, that doesn't mean anything is a matter of fact, but there's nothing standing in his way from getting on-track this time.
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