Ike Davis Called Up To Bring Some Youth to New York Mets

Frankie RioloContributor IApril 19, 2010

NEW YORK - APRIL 19:  Ike Davis #29 of the New York Mets takes fielding practice prior to playing against the Chicago Cubs on April 19, 2010 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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The New York Mets finally called up first base prospect Ike Davis to the major league team today. Manager Jerry Manuel has already penciled him into the sixth slot of the starting lineup.

While the season may be just a little over two weeks old, some believe that this move was already overdue.

Davis batted .480 with three home runs and 10 runs batted in in 25 at-bats during spring training.

He was sent down to Triple-A Buffalo on March 23. The organization stated that it was felt he needed more "seasoning."

Davis was batting .364 with a 1.136 on-base plus slugging percentage with the Bison at the time of his call-up.

It would be unfair to consider Davis a savior for the Mets. The team has started 4-8 with a .171 average with runners in scoring position to start the season. However, giving the starting lineup a bit of a more youthful appearance could provide a spark for what has been a very lethargic lineup up until this point of the season.

The Mets open up a three-game series with the Chicago Cubs tonight. First pitch is set for 7:10 at Citi Field.

New York will send rookie Jonathon Niese to the mound (0-1, 6.55). Chicago will counter with right-hander Randy Wells (1-0, 2.92).

The game marks the beginning of a 10-game homestand which could quite possibly decide Jerry Manuel's future with the Metropolitans.