Ike Davis Needs The Minor Leagues Now

The Mets said they need more time to get an understanding of what’s going on with Ike Davis in order to make a decision on what to do with him

From Sandy Alderson on down these are professional baseball people with decades of experience. How can they not know Davis isn’t giving them anything; that he’s in a horrendous slump with shattered confidence?

DAVIS: One of four walks back to the dugout.

DAVIS: One of four walks back to the dugout.

Manager Terry Collins doesn’t know how much longer the Mets can live with Davis’ non-production, especially since they are getting little elsewhere.

“I know it’s wearing on him,’’ Collins told reporters Friday night. “I talk to these guys every day. I know it’s wearing on him.’’

It’s not as Davis isn’t working hard. Perhaps too hard.

“He took batting practice when they stopped the game.’’ Collins said. “He got in the cage. So I know it’s wearing on him. These players get to the big leagues because they’re very talented guys. They haven’t had to deal with much failure in their whole lives. When you deal with what he’s going through right now, it’s pretty hard to take it, because you’ve never been there before.’’

Davis said he needs to figure it out on this level and won’t get anything out of playing in the minor leagues. This is his primary problem. Like an alcoholic won’t get better until he admits to a problem, Davis won’t improve until he admits he needs reconstructive hitting surgery.

Major League pitchers, even mediocre ones, smell a hitter’s weaknesses and Davis has plenty. He’s vulnerable to fastballs high and breaking pitches low and away, meaning unless Davis gets a grooved fastball down the middle he’s not going to do anything. He didn’t get anything Friday night, striking out all four times. It was his third four-strikeout game this season, and has fallen to .143 in a 1-for-42 slide.

Slumps such Davis’ can make or break a player. Mickey Mantle slumped early in his career and considered quitting before his father lectured him. Mantle figured it out in the minor leagues and developed into one of the game’s greatest players.

Davis is on pace to strike out 195 times, but give the Mets only 15 homers, and worse, just 33 RBI. He already has 53 strikeouts compared to a combined 37 hits and walks. In just 1,318 career at-bats in 382 games, he has a staggering 363 strikeouts.

By contrast, Joe DiMaggio is known for his 56-game hitting streak, but nearly almost impressive in his 13-year career are just 369 strikeouts with 361 home runs.

Yes, the game has changed since DiMaggio’s time. There’s no longer a stigma to striking out, but it is as if Davis doesn’t care. Here is where he and other players today are simply wrong in their approach and aren’t being trained properly in developing a sound hitting plan. Despite today’s huge individual contracts, this remains a team sport. Strikeouts are a wasted at bat, where so many potential things can happen – including more hits, homers and RBI – when a ball is put into play.

I don’t care if it is Zach Lutz, or Josh Satin, who is not on the 40-man roster, or Wilmer Flores, who is no getting a start at first base at Triple-A Las Vegas, but somebody has to play first base for the Mets until Davis gets his head, and swing, straight.

This is long overdue, as the right time was over a month ago.


7 thoughts on “Ike Davis Needs The Minor Leagues Now

  1. I saw a former pitcher on espn say Ike has too wide a stance, is not comfortable and is always moving.

    He said any pitcher can do what he wants to him. I don’t know what the teams problem is. This is not a difficult decision. Send him down yesterday and bring someone up. Your team is horrible. They are not jeapordizing the post season here.

  2. The problem I have with Mets management is they move at a snail’s pace. At this point, sending Ike Davis down would constitute a mercy mission (and it does not help his image that Fox caught him laughing on the bench).
    Moreover, who can take watching this guy flail at every conceivable pitch? Maybe his single in the resumed suspended game bought him another day. I say, the dye has been already cast on his dismal season (and I’m tired of hearing about last year’s 20-post all-star game home runs).
    With the season sinking into the abyss, it is time grease the revolving door and start bringing in candidates. From the minor leagues (start with Wheeler and d’Arnaud-when he’s healthy) or the scrap heap, it matters very little.
    Heck, Sandy Alderson can scour the Mexican League or the Pacific Rim, he has to replace the dreck we are witnessing daily.
    That means Ike goes, followed by Reuben Tejada, Lucas Duda, and Dillion Gee. The only question I have is:
    What in the world are the Wilpon’s paying Alderson and his high-priced associates to do? Demand that they bring in some players from anywhere-Mars, if need be, because this group is giving dead-wood a bad name.

    Who says you can’t back up the truck on Memorial Day?

    • Wilpon paid these guys to cut payroll which they did

      They pay them not to spend money
      Which they don’t

      The past few drafts have been ok

      But it will take time to see if they can get up here.

      We have strength in pitching in the minors

      The problem I think is the owner. Do I think these guys are great? No

      But they are doing a much better job at bringing up players than Omar.

        • Yes.

          Matt I think was hired under Omar

          But what did Omar do?

          Name one player he drafted that has come up and made a difference? Dan has, Murphy has, Ruben has, Ike has, Parnell has, etc

          But we’re they developed under Omar? Did they do well?

          Omar has killed every prospect

          Millege has talent but did nothing
          Murphy came up, struggled and they buried him
          Pelfrey they destroyed as soon as he came up
          Their golden boy FMart

    • DTB6: The Wilpons hired Alderson to cut payroll, which they have done. They did not hire him to construct a new team. First things first. As far as building teams into contenders, look at Alderson in Oakland and San Diego. Didn’t build them up do be very good, did he?-JD