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Ike Davis has been much better since his demotion

Aug 11, 2013, 7:45 PM EDT

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Mets first baseman Ike Davis started off the 2013 season abysmally, carrying an OPS at exactly .500 through June 9. In an attempt to turn things around, the Mets demoted Davis to Triple-A Las Vegas. Under manager Wally Backman, Davis thrived, posting a 1.091 OPS in three weeks with the 51’s.

Davis came back on July 5 a much-improved hitter. The power has yet to return, but in 105 PA since returning, Davis has hit .300 with a .467 OBP. He has drawn 22 unintentional walks and struck out 22 times. Comparatively, prior to his demotion, he struck out 66 times and drew 17 unintentional walks in 207 PA prior to his demotion.

Davis went 1-for-2 with three walks in today’s game against the Diamondbacks.

Obviously, the one home run Davis has hit since returning is not quite what the Mets have hoped for, but it may come along eventually.

  1. Old Gator - Aug 11, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    Three words: Wally Backman.

  2. raynman49 - Aug 11, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    I hope he makes it. I have money invested in an I Like Ike t-shirt! Being an old guy, I guess I could say I was an Eisenhower fan.

  3. psunick - Aug 11, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    If he hit .300, wouldn’t his OPS be at least .600?

    • cohnjusack - Aug 12, 2013 at 9:02 AM

      Nah sir! Thanks to sacrifice hits and sacrifice flies, one can have an OBP less than their batting average. As SH count againt your OBP but not your batting average.

      But yes, this was obviously a typo.

  4. nysportsrule - Aug 11, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    Pretty sure he meant .467 OBP.

    • Bill Baer - Aug 11, 2013 at 8:02 PM

      Yes, thanks for catching that.

  5. RoyHobbs39 - Aug 11, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    I know there has been a lot of shake ups in MiLB lately, but couldn’t the Mets have a AAA team closer than 2500 miles away?

    • butchhuskey - Aug 11, 2013 at 8:32 PM

      Las Vegas is basically a hell hole for a minor league team (offensive statistics are ridiculous, the field is not well taken care of, and the heat is so unbearable the fans have to be sprayed with water between innings) but Buffalo wanted to have a winning team and the Mets were not providing them with one.

      • Reflex - Aug 11, 2013 at 10:31 PM

        What I don’t get is why people keep thinking it would be a great place for a MLB team. It sounds terrible.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 11, 2013 at 8:32 PM

      Buffalo was tired of the Mets and wanted a change. The Jays contract with Las Vegas had expired and they wanted Buffalo because the cities were very close. When the music stopped last year, the only vacancy left was Las Vegas. By the way, if it makes you feel better, Rotoworld still thinks that Buffalo is a Mets farm team and Las Vega is Toronto’s farm team.

      • dondada10 - Aug 11, 2013 at 10:52 PM

        And the Mets weren’t in Buffalo long. They were in New Orleans before that, but once again were ousted.

        Odd. Binghampton loves the AA B’s.

  6. butchhuskey - Aug 11, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    Las Vegas is basically a hell hole for a minor league team (offensive statistics are ridiculous, the field is not well taken care of, and the heat is so unbearable the fans have to be sprayed with water between innings) but Buffalo wanted to have a winning team and the Mets were not providing them with one.

    • butchhuskey - Aug 11, 2013 at 8:37 PM

      Don’t know why this was posted twice – I was just trying to respond to Roy Hobbs. Anyway, here’s an article that discusses the Mets’ minor league situation:

      http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324423904578523620011106116.html

  7. sdelmonte - Aug 11, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    Really glad that Ike found himself again, but it’s hard to feel confident he won’t regress again next spring. Still, he did what he needed to, which seems to be more than Tejada, Duda or ‘Spin.

    • Francisco (FC) - Aug 12, 2013 at 1:09 PM

      Really glad that Ike found himself again

      He’s always in the last place you look.

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