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On May 22nd, the Mets defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates thanks to the terrific pitching of R.A Dickey, which began his unbelievable stretch of dominance.
On the other hand, Ike Davis went 0-for-4, which forced the Mets to contemplate whether to send their struggling former first-round pick to Triple-A to sort out his problems.
I even wrote an article in which I argued the demotion would help him rediscover the swing that enabled him to hit 26 home runs in his first 650 plate appearances in the big leagues.
Ultimately, the Mets decided that he would be better off staying at the Major League level, and his defense was too important to the team.
Ike ended up becoming one of the most productive second-half hitters in the Majors, ranking fourth in home runs with 19.
While he did not post numbers in line with his pre-injury 2011 form, 31 home runs in a "down year" is pretty impressive for the 25-year-old.
The Mets should leave Ike alone at first base, let him continue to develop into one of the most feared hitters in the league and be part of the solution in Citi Field.
If the Mets can surround him with decent protection in the lineup, a 40 home run, 120 RBI season should not be out of reach.