It's been hard to like Ike this year.
Mets first baseman Ike Davis has shown no sign of waking up from his nightmare season at the plate. Davis was sidelined for most of 2011 with an ankle injury, and as this season started, his batting woes were considered disappointing but not surprising. Many players have difficulty regaining their batters' eye after returning from a long-term injury.
Now, with two full months completed, Davis continues to be inexplicably inept. He's been on the interstate all season. As of Monday, he was batting .164. The closest he's gotten to hitting his weight (230 pounds) this year is .188.
Davis has attributed his bad hitting to bad luck. Coaches haven't noticed any particularly troubling anomalies in his swing. Manager Terry Collins hopes that Davis will work through his slump, although he hasn't ruled out the possibility of sending him to the minors to do that.
Here are five reasons why he shouldn't.