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Ike Davis watch: raking at Triple-A

Jun 21, 2013, 11:32 AM EDT

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Wally Backman is my spirit animal. Here’s Ike Davis’ line at las Vegas: 10 games, .306/.457/.583, four homers. He went 3 for 5 with two home runs and two RBI last night. On Wednesday he was 2 for 2 with three walks.

Yes, it has come in a crazy-friendly hitting environment, but the way Davis has been going you figure he could figure out a way not to hit in Las Vegas if anyone could.  The Mets still plan on keeping him down for a few weeks, but this is encouraging.

Now: is anyone in Atlanta’s front office taking note of this for B.J. Upton? Just asking!

  1. specialkindofstupid - Jun 21, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    Are you suggesting the Braves send B.J. Upton to the Mets’ AAA affiliate? Because if so, I’m okay with that.

    • neoshweaty - Jun 21, 2013 at 11:52 AM

      He clearly has the talent and has done it for long stretches at the major league level. It’s just maddening seeing that Ike and then seeing the one that just flails around and has no idea what to do at the plate. I hope that this demotion is the last he ever needs and he comes up and plays like the team expected of him after the second half of last season.

  2. jerze2387 - Jun 21, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    So the mets have a AAAA 1B. Too good for AAA, cant hit in MLB

    • jerze2387 - Jun 21, 2013 at 12:03 PM

      Forgot to say: Mike Jacobs, anyone?

      • Old Gator - Jun 21, 2013 at 12:05 PM

        No thanks. We already had one in Macondo.

      • jerze2387 - Jun 21, 2013 at 12:34 PM

        I was saying hes Mike Jacobs 2.0

  3. Old Gator - Jun 21, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    Well, Wally was a good as his word – he fixed Ike Davis. My, my.

    But I really like the idea of having Wally go to work on B J Upton – for a slight fee, of course. If the Wilpoons are too clueless to make Wally their next manager, the Wallster ought to go independent, living out of a suitcase, traveling from minor league affiliate to minor league affiliate repairing broken ballplayers – sort of the baseball equivalent of Benoit Mandelbrot.

  4. okobojicat - Jun 21, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    Wow. Wally Backman is doing a bangup job up in Tacoma as well; Dustin Ackley, Mariners failure is hitting .389/.491/.522 and playing some gold glove OF.

    Or could it possibly be that decent major league hitter, when they get sent down to the minor leagues, suddenly rake because minor league pitchers are in the minor leagues for a reason.

    I saw phrased like this once: major league pitchers make one mistake per at bat, AAA pitchers make 2 mistakes per at bat, AA pitchers make 3 mistakes per at bat. When your seeing a lot more mistakes, you can capitalize on those mistakes a lot easier.

  5. valarmorghuliss - Jun 21, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    Travis Snider raked at Las Vegas yearly

  6. proudlycanadian - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    The playing surface in Las Vegas is rock hard. It needs a lot of raking. Glad to see that Ike is helping the grounds crew.

  7. paperlions - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    Will the wonders of the PCL never cease?

    • Old Gator - Jun 21, 2013 at 2:16 PM

      Las Vegas won’t be on the Pacific coast until Superman stops interfering with Lex Luthor’s real estate schemes. Pity. The only thing Vegas is lacking is a beach.

  8. olafisberserker - Jun 21, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    Teams whose AAA affiliates are in the PCL generally don’t let top prospect pitchers go to AAA and instead decide to keep them at AA so they don’t get the thin air shell shock of the PCL. So really, Ike isn’t even seeing true AAA quality pitching.

  9. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jun 21, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    It helps when the pitchers stop making the ball do all those weird bending and curving tricks. Those are confusing.

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