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Pittsburgh Pirates' Ike Davis Gets Last Laugh Against Former Team

Pittsburgh Pirates' Ike Davis stretches during warm ups before a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs in Pittsburgh Tuesday, June 10, 2014. It will be Polanco's Major League debut. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
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Ryan GauleCorrespondent IJune 30, 2014

When Ike Davis made his debut in 2010 with the New York Mets, it seemed that the Mets had found their first baseman of the future.  

From 2010-2012, Davis blasted 58 home runs and drove in 186 runs in just 339 games played.  

Then came his downfall.  

In 2013, Davis posted the lowest batting average of his career, finishing at just .205 while blasting only nine home runs in 103 games.  All across New York, fans of the team had lost faith in him, as he simply wasn't performing.  

Only 12 games into the 2014 regular season, the Mets traded Davis to the Pittsburgh Pirates, and things have turned around greatly for him.  

The Mets traveled to Pittsburgh for the first and only time this season this past Thursday for a four-game series, and through the first three games, Davis reminded New York why the team had traded him away. 

After going 0-for-7 in those three games, Davis carried his Pirates to the series victory by going 2-for-4 with two RBI on Sunday.  

PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 29:  Ike Davis #15 of the Pittsburgh Pirates hits a two RBI single in the first inning against the New York Mets during the game at PNC Park on June 29, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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With runners on second and third and one man out in the bottom of the first inning, Mets ace Bartolo Colon allowed a two-run single to Davis, and the Pirates never looked back from there.  

With the 3-1 series victory, the Pirates took four out of seven games from the Mets this season.  In a 2-1 series loss at Citi Field in May, Davis went 0-for-7 there as well.  However, he broke out of his slump against his former team when the Pirates needed it the most.  

Davis hadn't just been struggling at the plate in games against New York.  The 27-year-old first baseman was batting .277 entering June, but an 0-for-19 slump dropped his average down to .244 by June 8.  

Since that day, Davis has remained relatively consistent, keeping his batting average at .245 after the Pirates' 5-2 victory Sunday.  

PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 27:  Ike Davis #15 of the Pittsburgh Pirates scores on a two RBI single in the fourth inning against Travis d'Arnaud #15 of the New York Mets during the game at PNC Park on June 27, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin
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Perhaps Davis's performance on Sunday was just a preview of better things to come for both himself and the Pirates in the second half of the regular season.

If Davis can raise his batting average while continuing to draw walks at the pace he currently is (.360 on-base percentage), then the Pirates will have a legitimate shot at a NL Central Division title.

For now, Davis must feel great satisfaction in getting the last laugh this season against his former team, as his bat propelled Pittsburgh to its seventh win in eight games.  

 

*Statistics courtesy of Baseball-Reference.

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