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This move was made in unison with general manager Sandy Alderson and was one of the most important decisions of the season because Ike Davis has turned his season around since his demotion to Triple-A Las Vegas on June 10.
The 26-year-old first baseman was really floundering at the time of his demotion. Davis was hitting a feeble .161 with 66 strikeouts in 186 at-bats. Davis was swinging at pitches far out of the strike zone and looked completely lost at the plate. Simply put, he was an easy out.
Terry Collins could have kept Davis on the parent club, though, based on his powerful second-half performance in 2012 when Davis slugged 20 home runs after the All-Star break. He resisted temptation and joined Alderson in deciding to send Davis to the minors to straighten himself out.
It has worked. Davis hit .293 in 21 games with the Las Vegas 51s, belting seven home runs to go with 13 RBI. The Mets recalled Davis on July 5 and he has been a different player since.
Heading into the Mets' game against the Dodgers on Tuesday night, Davis was hitting .306 since his recall with his on-base percentage since the All-Star break an outstanding .530. In fact, Davis leads the National League with 23 walks since the break.
The one negative is that Davis has hit just one home run and knocked in nine runs since his return. If he continues showing improved plate discipline, the power aspect of his game should return.
He's not all the way back, but it looks like he's finally getting there.
"My last eight games, I've been doing pretty well," Davis told Marc Carig of Newsday . "So if I can continue to just do what I'm doing and have good at-bats, I'm going to play better."