The Mets have yet to find a partner for an Ike Davis trade. The theory that Davis would attract a suitor hoping to bag the next Chris Davis seems to have been overblown. Now, a deal could still happen and the Mets could wind up with a platoon of Lucas Duda and Josh Satin but it occurred to me, the Mets could use the next Crash Davis.
Ignore, for the moment, that the Mets don’t have a leadoff hitter and that Bartolo Colon has a solid chance of starting on opening day. The Mets now have Daniel Murphy, David Wright and Curtis Granderson in the heart of their batting order. That’s pretty good, but it doesn’t make them playoff contenders. What would change that? Why not Davis?
In 2011 Davis was 149 plate appearances into a monumental season when injury struck on a freak play. How good? Let’s see what that season could have been if he continued on that pace:
- R: 84
- 2B: 34
- 3B: 4
- HR: 29
- RBI: 105
That is the Davis the Mets have been waiting for. The one we thought we saw late in 2012 and the one who never showed up in 2013. Why don’t we have faith anymore?
- The swing is no longer sweet
- Too many excuses
First he had his injury, then he had valley fever, then 2013 happened and we said, “Now or never.” Davis didn’t respond and we gave up on him.
- Citi Field
What is the biggest obstacle between our Davis suddenly breaking out like Baltimore’s? Camden Yard and Citi Field are not exactly comparing apples to apples. It might not even be apples or oranges. Flushing might not be the ideal environment for Davis to suddenly smash 40 home runs.
Wouldn’t it be nice if he did though?