The 2013 Mets have just begun to get ready for the season, and there is a fair share of questions surrounding this year's team. One of the more interesting question marks is how Ike Davis will perform. Coming back from a season-ending injury, Davis had a polarizing 2012.
A collision at the mound with fellow teammate David Wright led to a lost season for him in 2011. His ankle was put in pretty bad shape, and he had a long road of rehab ahead of him. His loss was definitely felt as he was easily one of the more menacing bats in New York's lineup.
An optimistic Davis stepped into spring training about a year ago. He was ready to get back on the field and prove himself once more. It didn't exactly work out that way though.
Davis was diagnosed with Valley Fever in February of last year. A sickness that is said to cause great fatigue, it seemed as if Davis definitely suffered from it. Adam Rubin of ESPN recently reported that Ike did indeed have "serious" fatigue last season, and simply didn't feel like himself.
It is a good bet that Davis' fatigue was what made his comeback season a major struggle. Rubin also states in the previously mentioned article that Davis' ankle wasn't fully recovered. When you pair a weak ankle with Valley Fever, that makes it easy to see why Davis didn't look like himself.
He put together a putrid first half of the season, and Mets fans were left wondering what happened to their first baseman of the future. His mechanics were all out of funk, and his top-notch defense seemed to have lost a little something too.
A demotion seemed like a realistic option if his play didn't improve. Davis did manage to piece his season somewhat back together just in time. It was an extremely hard task, due to the hole that he dug himself deep into. He had a measly .201 batting average going into the All-Star break, and it honestly didn't look like things would change.
With that said, Ike did indeed manage to get in a groove after the All-Star break. He began to show signs of his old self, as his production was nearly doubled. He compiled 12 home runs in the first half of the season, and managed to impress with 20 long shots after the break. The All-Star break seemed to help him out a lot, as he got to rest his weakened body for a bit.
Now think about this past offseason and all of the time that he has had to rest and rehab. Davis has mentioned that he feels great and that his ankle feels a lot better. It is safe to say that he is 100% or close to it.
A monster season from Davis seems to be on the horizon. A young player is always going to go through tough times, and the main thing is that they learn from that. I believe that Ike has learned a lot from 2012, both mentally and physically. He realized what happens if you hide your weakness, and I' sure that he learned a valuable lesson, in that he should take a day off when he needs to.
The Mets lineup has a lot of potential for this upcoming season, and a productive Ike Davis will work wonders for the team's potential. It only makes sense that he will put up big numbers, due to the fact that he capped off his season so great.
His health still wasn't 100% in the latter half of the season, yet he still managed to outperform many players. A healthy mind and body is definitely going to help catapult Davis to a grand season. It will be fun to keep an eye on Davis' this spring, as we will all be reminded of his potential.