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Are the Mets thinking of demoting Ike Davis to the minors?

May 21, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

Ike Davis

Ike Davis has struggled all season, hitting just .163 after missing most of last year with an ankle injury, but manager Terry Collins repeatedly made it very clear that the Mets had no intention of demoting the first baseman to the minors.

And then yesterday Collins’ tune changed a bit, according to Andy McCullough of the Newark Star Ledger.

When asked about Davis’ status, Collins replied: “There is nothing etched in stone. We will never say something’s not going to happen.”

Jason Bay is due back from the disabled list fairly soon and Collins has already said he’ll resume starting in left field, which could push Kirk Nieuwenhuis to right field and potentially move Lucas Duda to first base. Which would also mean Davis going to the bench or Triple-A at age 25.

Before being shut down last season Davis played 36 games and hit .302 with seven homers, eight doubles, and a .925 OPS. He’s played 38 games so far this season, hitting .163 with five homers, four doubles, and a .524 OPS. So much of the power is still there, but Davis is having very poor luck getting singles to drop and he’s also struggling to control the strike zone with a 39/10 K/BB ratio.

  1. proudlycanadian - May 21, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    So Collins has changed from his “I Like Ike” mantra.

    • Old Gator - May 21, 2012 at 2:45 PM

      He and Gaby Sanchez and Adam Lind need just one more for a fizzled first basemen’s bridge club quorum.

    • itsacurse - May 21, 2012 at 2:48 PM

      Shoehorn it in, proudlycanadian!

  2. sdelmonte - May 21, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    I would send him down for a while and see if he can find his stroke. He just isn’t doing anything right now, and benching him outright doesn’t seem like it will solve anything, either.

  3. The Dangerous Mabry - May 21, 2012 at 3:02 PM

    So much of the expectations for Ike Davis were built over a 36 game stretch last season, which is hardly predictive. Had he instead played the way he has for the first 36 games of this season, he might never have gotten the chance he has this year. Is Davis really the player from last season, or this one? Probably somewhere in between. But it’s odd how much of the fan base and even a lot of the media act like he’s a seasoned veteran of some sort. The guy played fewer than 200 games in the bigs before this year, and is coming off of a major injury to boot. It’s reasonable to think he might need a little time in the minors to work things out, and it’s nothing to be terrified about. A trip to the minors here doesn’t mean his career is over.

    • tsi431 - May 22, 2012 at 1:43 PM

      Last year proved he can adapt to how pitchers are facing him and belongs in the MLB. I believe his slump is due to his sickness “valley fever” and the Mets, as usual, aren’t telling the whole truth. Ike is only still with the major league team because of his defense. He can pretty much make any other infielder a gold glove player.

  4. itsacurse - May 21, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    Leave him be, the power is fine and he has a .187 BABIP compared to .303 career number at all levels. Look a little deeper before you declare he’s “just not doing anything”.

    • The Dangerous Mabry - May 21, 2012 at 3:19 PM

      Looking deeper has to go farther than BABIP.

      To this point in the season, his ground ball rate is 50%, compared to 42% last season and 43% the year before.

      To make matters worse, his infield fly ball rate is 13.3% (compared to 7.6% and 7.3% in the last 2 seasons).

      His K rate this season is 26.9% (up from 23% and 20.8%).

      And his BB rate is 6.9% (down from 12% and 11.4%)

      He’s not walking well, he’s striking out more, he’s hitting more ground balls, and when he does hit the ball in the air, it’s often an infield pop-up. I like Davis, but at this point, it’s not simply a matter of bad luck at the plate, and balls finding gloves. He’s not seeing the ball the way he did in his first season and a half, and he’s not making the same kind of contact. Hopefully for him, he’ll be able to figure it out.

  5. joewilliesshnoz - May 21, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    Don’t worry , they play the Bucco’s .

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