What a difference ten days has made for New York Mets first basemen Ike Davis. Heading into the Mets June 9th contest against the Yankees Davis found himself in miserable 3-33 (.091 avg) drought. Since that time he’s put together a season-high 9-game hitting streak (12-26, .462 avg during that span), which the 25-year-old extended tonight but clubbing his first career grand slam on the first pitch of his sixth-inning at-bat against Baltimore’s Jake Arrieta.
The drive, New York’s second grand slam of the season (Mike Nickeas had the clubs first back on May 26 against the Padres) went into the Party City Deck in left centerfield and marked Ike’s first hit this season with the bases loaded (he had previously been 0-6 with 2 K’s). Timing is everything as Davis’ career-best four RBI night was all the offense the Mets would need as R.A. Dickey put together another #RADickulous performance and the team snapped it’s 3-game losing streak in tremendous fashion.
With a .196 average Davis is rapidly approaching the Mendoza line and I’m glad that Mets front office and manager stuck with him longer than most would have (myself included). One thing is for sure, I’m happy to be wrong on this occasion and am excited to see what a steady bat from Davis can do for this Mets offense going forward.
Speaking on that point, Mets manager Terry Collins had the following to say of Davis after the game:
He brings something to the table. I’ve talked to two managers in the last two series and they’ve asked about Ike. One of the things they brought up is that he still scares us to death when he comes up to the plate. And they know he’s hitting .165 and that’s what he brings. When he gets it going, he’s dangerous. Right now, he’s getting it going.”
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