Ike Davis played in 156 games for the Mets in 2012. He knocked 32 balls out over the fence, he drove in 90 base runners and he did all of this in the midst of a BAD season. It was a bad season. Davis hit .227 and had the worst year in his career. We’ll look at how his numbers changed over the course of the year, analyze the splits and even try to surmise what COULD have been had Davis stayed healthy through all of 2011. First let’s look at what caused a lot of his early season troubles, Valley Fever.
“Valley fever is a fungal infection caused by coccidioides (kok-sid-e-OY-deze) organisms. It can cause fever, chest pain and coughing, among other signs and symptoms.
Two species of coccidioides fungi cause valley fever. These fungi are commonly found in the soil in specific areas and can be stirred into the air by anything that disrupts the soil, such as farming, construction and wind. The fungi can then be breathed into the lungs and cause valley fever, also known as acute coccidioidomycosis (kok-sid-e-oy-doh-my-KOH-sis).
Mild cases of valley fever usually resolve on their own. In more severe cases, doctors prescribe antifungal medications that can treat the underlying infection.”
I joked with a good friend, Jerry Pockets, about valley fever through the first part of the year. It sounded like a made up bug that someone might use to explain a string of absences from work. In reality, it is a severe condition that should have probably shelved Ike for the first part of the year. Looking back it might have been better that the Mets should do that.
- In April: .185/.241/.309/.550 (3 HRs)
- In May: .154/.214/.282/.496 (2 HRs)
- In June: .264/.363/.563/.926 (6 HRs)
- In July: .221/.257/.537/.794 (9 HRs)
- In August: .287/.370/.517/.887 (5 HRs)
- In September: .242/.373/.527/.900 (7 HRs)
If I remove the first two months of the season: .252/.389/.536/.925 (27 HRs) and we are talking about Ike Davis’ grand future with the Mets. Speaking of grand futures… remember Ike’s great start in 2011?
- 2011: 36 Games, 149 PAs, 20 Runs, 39 Hits, 8 2Bs, 1 3Bs, 7 HRs, 25 RBIs, 17 BBs, 31 Ks
- 2011: 156 Games, 584 Pas, 78 Runs, 153 Hits, 31 2Bs, 4 3Bs, 27 HRs, 98 RBIs, 67 BBs, 122 Ks (If Not For Injury)
The chances of Davis maintaining a .302/.383/.543/.925 for an entire year are slim but I’d actually only adjust the hits and walks down a little and the power perhaps up a peg. Let’s face facts… Davis still looks like a star player and perhaps one of the offensive cornerstones of the team. At 26 he’s actually YOUNGER than Lucas Duda. Who would you be looking to deal?