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Thanks to an unbelievably strong and promising second-half surge in 2012, Ike Davis was gifted with a $3.125 million salary for 2013.
Since then, unfortunately, Davis’ 2013 season has been a disaster.
This year, Davis is hitting just .195 with six home runs and 25 RBI, as well as 85 strikeouts in 257 at-bats. In a midseason demotion to Triple-A, though, Davis hit .293 with seven home runs, 13 RBI and 17 walks in just 75 at-bats.
Davis has improved since being called back to the majors recently, most notably in plate discipline. His swing still has many holes, but Davis is going deeper into at-bats and not chasing as many off-speed pitches.
Since his call-up, Davis is hitting .282 with seven doubles, one home run, nine RBI and an incredible 21 walks in 71 at-bats. That equates to a solid .446 on-base percentage.
However, Davis’ .423 slugging percentage since his call-up leaves much to be desired.
There is one word that describes Davis perfectly as a ballplayer: an enigma.
Davis is capable of unbelievable runs of form. Despite a horrific first half of 2012, Davis took off in the second half and finished with a promising 32 home runs and 90 RBI. Yet as this season portrays, Davis can also look utterly lost and defeated at the plate for an extended period of time.
In spite of Davis’ maddening inconsistency and plummeting self-confidence, the front office has expended a tremendous amount of time and effort on him. It will be interesting to see if they choose to bring him back for 2014.
The fact remains that after settling for this fairly substantial contract, Davis has rewarded the Mets with even more headaches and headlines than last season.