Sure, why not write another Ike Davis column!
You see, a lot has changed in the last week, as Josh Satin (Davis’ direct replacement) has gone on a tear and appears steadfast in wanting to keep the job at first base. Also, Davis is doing his best to reclaim the job, as he has now gone back-to-back games with hitting a home run in Las Vegas.
Satin, who hit his first career home run on Wednesday night, is blistering hot and now sports a mind-boggling .390/.510/.561 slash line (prior to Friday night’s game) to go with a sterling 1.071 OPS. Obviously you can’t sit Satin in favor of Davis while he is this hot, as that would set a terrible example.
On the flipside, though, when do you give Davis a fair chance to recapture his old job? In other words, what more does Davis have to do in Vegas to get the call back up to Queens? Or is his promotion directly tied exclusively to how Satin is doing?
Sure, Davis could use a little more instruction while working to stay consistent. However, through 21 games and 75 ABs, Davis is sporting a healthy 1.091 OPS to go along with seven home runs.
It’s safe to say that Davis got the message loud and clear that he was underperforming. He’s been in Vegas for nearly three weeks and has done what was asked of him. He took instructions, made some necessary adjustments and the results are starting to pay off.
When the Mets sent down Davis, it wasn’t to punish him, but rather it was a move to get him well and confident. By the looks of it, Davis has regained some of that lost confidence.
So, given what Satin has been doing (while having the luxury of facing a ton of lefties) lately and what Davis is capable of, it may be in the Mets’ best interest to at least platoon Satin with Davis. That may be the fairest solution.
Davis, for sure, has had his share of patented long, cold dry spells, but he has proven he can play in the major leagues. Just remember, all the major league data we have on Satin is what’s he’s done in 71 at-bats.
For those who are high on Satin, is 71 at-bats enough evidence?
Again, Satin should be applauded for the effort and production he has given the Mets-it’s been well received. Satin’s production has come at a time when the Mets have actually played some solid baseball. However, it’s still a bit shortsighted to suggest Satin can be a more productive first baseman than Davis based solely on this current hot streak.
Give Davis another chance and see if he can keep pace with Satin. If he can’t then maybe that’s the time you reassess Davis’ role with this club. But until then, Davis should be given a fair chance to reclaim his job while at least getting the majority of at-bats against righties.