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Mets demote .161-hitting Ike Davis to Triple-A

Jun 10, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

Ike Davis, Marvin Hudson AP

Well, no one can say the Mets didn’t give Ike Davis an opportunity to turn things around.

After sticking with Davis for 55 games of a brutal .161 batting average and .500 OPS the Mets demoted the 26-year-old first baseman back to Triple-A, where he last played in 2010.

Here’s what general manager Sandy Alderson said about the demotion, via Mike Vorkunov of the Newark Star Ledger:

I think with something like this you just have to say to yourself, this is not in his best interest. And I’ve been one of his biggest supporters. I just felt that at some point we’ve got to get him out of here. Hopefully he’ll be back in a short period of time. But he needs to go there. He needs to be able to play every day. He needs to be able to work on his swing without worrying, necessarily, about the outcome. We felt this is in his best interests.

That sounds about right. Last season Davis got off to a similarly brutal start before eventually turning things around with a big second half, but counting on that happening again would be wishful thinking. No player in baseball has more plate appearances and lower OPS than Davis this season and if he’s going to tinker with his mechanics it’s obviously better to do that in games that ultimately don’t matter a ton. And in the meantime the Mets are better off, as they might actually get some production at first base.

  1. specialkindofstupid - Jun 10, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    I’m not sure sending him to Vegas, where his numbers will be artificially pumped, is a good thing or a bad thing. On one hand, the guy needs a confidence boost. But on the other hand, he needs to work things out, and with routine flyballs inexplicably making their way over the fence in Vegas he might mistakenly think he’s fixed his swing before he really has.

    Or not. It’s Monday. My brain isn’t all the way there quite yet.

    • mybrunoblog - Jun 10, 2013 at 11:00 AM

      Good point but this guy needed to get out of the majors and go somewhere to clear his head. Hopefully for Met fans he goes to triple a for three or four weeks, crushes triple a pitching and comes back for a fresh start in July.

      • specialkindofstupid - Jun 10, 2013 at 11:13 AM

        Agreed he needed to get out of the majors. Just wondering if maybe AA might have worked better. More neutral hitting environment, and since it’s in Binghamton, NY, he’d be closer (and not feel like he’s been banished to the other side of the country).

        Also, doesn’t the stadium in Vegas lack an indoor batting cage? I think that’s the case. Which, if so, will just make it tougher for Davis to get in more reps.

        Just thinking out loud.

      • badintent - Jun 10, 2013 at 11:41 PM

        The Mets…. not even the best AAA team in New York.

  2. baseballici0us - Jun 10, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    I’ve been saying it since last offseason: There is absolutely ZERO doubt that the talent is there but he needs to be traded…needs a fresh start.

  3. chaseutley - Jun 10, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    Paging Mr. Upton. Mr. BJ Upton. You and your .158 average have a call at the front desk.

    • chill1184 - Jun 10, 2013 at 11:15 AM

      Can Upton even be optioned to Triple A?

      • tuberippin - Jun 11, 2013 at 4:19 AM

        Either way, they need to bench him. He’s playing terribly and they have a replacement OF with Evan Gattis, and slide Heyward to CF. El Oso Blanco is not a good fielder, but he’s got a bat with more pop to compensate for that fact.

  4. whitdog23 - Jun 10, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    or he could get worse

  5. xpensivewinos - Jun 10, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    It’s being implied here that the Mets games actually matter this year. That is certainly not the case and if the Mets hitting instructors at the Major League level can’t help him, why are they at the Major League level?

  6. deathmonkey41 - Jun 10, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    Needless to say, Ike’s name appears nowhere in the Biogenesis paperwork…

  7. 13arod - Jun 10, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    he just is in a big slomp right now

  8. xhosa17 - Jun 10, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    @specialkindofstupid – per the nytimes article last week, Vegas doesn’t have an indoor cage and has some of the worst facilities in the country for a minor league team. Why they chose to send him there over Binghamton is just one more head scratcher by Mets management.

  9. mungman69 - Jun 10, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    Ike looks like he’s lost in space. Maybe he’ll come back to Earth in Vegas.

  10. kwilcox5037 - Jun 10, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    As a Mets fan!! Ike simply isn’t that good— on his best days, a platoon player-80 games-His bat speed is too slow– only can hit slow fast balls and young pitchers who are learning– Now this is another need for the Mets–its gone be a while!!!!

    Now we need:
    #2 starter who pitches like an ace-Ground ball pitcher
    lead off hitter-speed & avg.
    #4 hitter(top level all star) Miguel cabrera type hitter
    Closer– no hall of famer but decent and throw strikes-

    • badintent - Jun 10, 2013 at 11:46 PM

      I hear Josh Hamilton is available ………. but no Bronx cheers, he’ll cry.

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